Just as EVs have charging stations of their own, it’s only natural that buses should have that, too. The only thing is that keeping a tight schedule for electric public transportation may prove a bit of a challenge.
Still, it can be done and the Dutch city of Noord-Brabant is here to show us how. By using the technology provided by the ATC Solar Curve Bus Stop concept, buses recharge just by waiting for their passengers to climb up.
This is called inductive charging. Designed by Studio Mango, the roofs of such structures are smart in two ways: curved to protect the passengers from rain and snow, they also benefit from 15.5-meter solar panels to harvest the sunlight all day round. The roofs then reassign the energy wirelessly to the electrical device of the bus that draws up under it.
Of course, rain, snow and dirt have no way of affecting the electronic components because they are hidden, while every bus stop would have green LED lights to signal the charging level. It’s not yet very clear how much time it takes for electric buses to charge in stations, but we’re pretty sure it’s something that can be worked on as long as the structures prove viable.
Riding the bus has come a long way, hasn’t it?
A Swedish company called Opbrid has come up with a hybrid bus model. Put into circulation in the city of Umea, the bus is more than anyone could dream of: it can take passengers through the city for 18 kilometers in a row without stopping or switching to diesel.
IPT (Induction Power Transfer) is the name of the world’s first commercially-available wireless electric car charging system, just launched in London. The brainchild of UK start-up HaloIPT wishes to electrify the England’s M25 motorway by using magnetic induction, a principle discovered in the 1800s.
Evatran has found a new way to charge your electric car without bothering with a plug and a cord. The company presented their new wireless charger at the Plug-In 2010 conference in San Jose, California, this week.
The companies behind these eco-friendly buses (Ballard, Wrightbus and ISE) stated that this operation is currently the largest in Europe and the first of its kind in the UK.
Evatran, an EV charging company, announced that they have a deal with product design company Synchroness to mass-produce Plugless Power, a hands-free proximity charging system for electric vehicles.
Article source: http://www.greenoptimistic.com/2012/02/29/solar-curve-electric-buses/. Creative Commons (CC)