News & Discussion: Adelaide Metro Buses
Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2006 3:17 am
how cool is this...
$1m sun-powered bus for city
August 18, 2006 12:15am
Article from: The Advertiser
ADELAIDE City Council is paying nearly $1 million for a solar-powered bus, Lord Mayor Michael Harbison has revealed.
It also will be the world's first pure electric bus, the batteries for which will be recharged from solar panels at the new Franklin St Bus Station, he said.
"Other countries have hybrid electric buses but this is the first fully electric bus," he said.
"Japan has placed a large order for pure electric buses but we will be approximately one year ahead of them.
"We have taken the extra step of making ours solar-powered."
The bus, which will take New Zealand manufacturer designline about eight months to build, is expected to be in service by mid next year, Mr Harbison said.
Running on the council's free Adelaide Connector Buses route between the CBD and North Adelaide, he said it was nearly double the size of the mini buses currently being used.
"It has 25 seats, more standing room and room for wheelchair passengers," he said.
Fitting the bus with seatbelts also was an option but had not yet been considered, he said.
Mr Harbison said the council would most likely order a second solar-powered bus. "It takes one hour to travel the circuit and we run two buses, one clockwise, and one anti-clockwise," he said.
Council had applied to the Federal Government's Solar Cities Program for a $400,000 grant towards the project, Mr Harbison said.
"They have indicated that Adelaide is one of the favoured submissions," he said.