Gallery: TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Tindo, the Solar-powered Bus!


Solar-powered mass transportation? It’s no longer a dream! Tindo, a solar-powered electric bus, was introduced just last week in the city of Adelaide in Australia. The best part? It’s free to ride the supercute, supersolar Tindo.

Designed and manufactured by New Zealand-based Designline International, Tindo is charged by a photovoltaic system installed at the Adelaide Central Bus Station. It’s the largest grid-connected solar photovoltaic system in South Australia and charges the bus’s 11 batteries, which power the fully electric zero-emission engine. The bus has a range of 200 km between charges, more than enough to accomodate services within the city. It carries up to 42 passengers, a number that includes 25 seated passengers, 2 seats for disabled passengers, and 15 standing persons. And as for the name? Tindo is the Kaurna Aboriginal word for “sun.” Quite appropriate, we think.

By having a fully solar-powered bus, Adelaide has created something that other cities should follow. Here’s hoping that Tindo does not remain a one-off model, but becomes the future of mass transportation. And did we mention that it was free to ride?

Tindo is at the cutting edge of sustainable solar energy technology – using the power of the sun to drive a commuter transport vehicle which operates with zero tailpipe emissions, and is also fully carbon neutral.” said Lord Mayor Michael Harbison.

+ Tindo Solar Bus @ Adelaide City Council

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  1. Macc February 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    i say we use them for school buses ! (:
    hah i did my science fair project on this!

  2. Utpal Chowdhury August 29, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Please provide us the approx. the cost structure of a single bus, will it be maintained in rural areas, We are broad based NGO group based out in India and looking for around 10-15 nos. of buses. Kindly send us also the time frame to complete the order and best possible cost structure and respective duties. We will be used the buses as a most modern mobile education eco friendly buses and shall move across rural & urban places in india. Inside interiors we require an ultra modern classrom and also the bus should have heavy vehicle status (4 wheel drive), kindly provide the basics of the vehicle. Thanks. Utpal Chowdhury

  3. julia February 13, 2008 at 10:37 am

    okay, im being serious now… tindo rocks my face off

  4. julia February 13, 2008 at 10:37 am

    nausea heart burn indigestion, upset stomach diareah… yayy pepto tindo!

  5. Kristen February 11, 2008 at 10:47 am

    This is really cool, finally people are getting to see that the earth-friendly way works!

  6. Julia February 11, 2008 at 10:45 am

    heyyyyyy tindo. i like the color green mon. greeeeeeeeeeeeeeen

  7. Julia February 11, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Tindo Tindo …Tindo!!!!! yayyy tindo
    whoopty doo tindo!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Kristen February 11, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I think what you guy’s (and girls) are doing is wonderful. If people would listen to these amazing ideas, the world would be a much better place. Keep it up… it will pay off.

  9. Holland December 25, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Well, Tindo is all very well but Adelaide also has a massive petrol powered bus fleet, an inadequate rail system (not electrified either) and the controversery about a small extension to the existing tram line (there is only one) had to be seen to be believed.
    Meanwhile the happy drivers of Adelaide continue to make 75% of commuter journeys by car (overwhelmingly single occupant journeys as well) and this is in a city of less than 1 million people that is flat and ideally suited for cycling and walking, so while the government is leading it isnt leading the recalcintrant populace bravely or undertaking the massive infrastructure programs that are urgently needed here.

  10. Michael December 23, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    Calling Brisbane – how about you step up to the plate????? Your bus fleet is giving you grief, and you are in dire need of increased PT capacity…….

    Surely this represents the opportunity of the century………

  11. Aurimas December 22, 2007 at 5:58 am

    I’m actually living in the city of Vilnius, Lithuania right now, so I can attest to the convenience and efficiency of the trolleybuses. Around the entire city, over the trolley routes, there are wires that the buses connect to from above, using two antennae-like flexible rods. So the entire system is electric, and saves a huge amount of greenhouse gases, but I’m not sure how much of that electricity comes from environmentally healthy sources. It’s surprisingly reliable, and i think it’s a good choice for a system to implement elsewhere. Interestingly, it was designed and set up during the soviet period over 25 years ago, as mentioned.

  12. domantas December 19, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Well in our city ( Vilnius)( it is loceted in north europe, so where can’t be used a sollar energy) we use queit simple way ofto cause this problem, we use trolebuses. well thei are’nt such buses as mentioned in falowing article, it has no rail (only ordinary wheels), but it is conected to whe wires, hanging over the streets, so it’s a envoromentfriendly way of transport. Actually this system works more than 25 years.

  13. Kat December 19, 2007 at 7:07 am

    yay tindo! how nice not to be stuck in a cloud of noxious fumes while in traffic.

  14. darren godwell December 19, 2007 at 6:58 am

    its time we moved as much of our city’s critical economic infrastructure into renewal electricity as we can as soon as we can. congrats to the City of Adelaide for showing the way.

  15. Richie December 19, 2007 at 4:01 am

    Nice… order some for NYC ?

  16. jeff December 18, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    wow thats great, why can toronto has buses like that, the fare here is $1.85 for student

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