Solar Bus

The Eden Foundation Trust, engaged in groundbreaking social innovation projects across New Zealand, is facilitating a new initiative, the country’s first public transport service totally powered by renewable solar energy. 

The Foundation sees solar and electric renewably powered buses as an answer to the city’s and wider regional transport challenges.

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“I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait 'til oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”

Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

 

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The 'Tindo' electric bus....photo courtesy of Adelaide City Council

 

The Public Transport option......an alternative to new roads

Working with a team of industry professionals, the Foundation is engaged in a comprehensive feasibility study to look at possible options surrounding the trial and implementation of a pure 100% solar bus service to a number of regions.

The vehicles themselves, designed and manufactured in New Zealand, are the world’s first true fully electric buses, not hybrids. Most other solar options around the world are characterised by being significantly smaller in size, and having a much shorter operational range.

Electric buses operate in busy City streets and residential neighbourhoods in a clean and quiet manner which is proven to dramatically increase passenger uptake. Our buses will be wheelchair and pushchair friendly.

There are many known advantages for good public transport systems as they lead to a more able, healthier, more engaged and inclusive community.

We will invest in a new generation of ‘smart’ bus shelters which will provide up to the minute arrivals and departures information collected from GPS data gathered from each vehicle.

We see huge goodwill for our national reputation with a regional renewable public transport system and believe that many contributing factors combine now for the solar bus project to shine brightly for the 100% pure NZ brand on an international stage.