Electric Cars are predicted to take over the roads in the near future. Charging times are decreasing, while the range between charges is increasing. While many people are familiar with cars like the Tesla, why not buses?
Transport in the future will rely heavily on tech to the point that traditional car, bus and truck manufacturers will be converting to tech companies as their primary focus. Tesla doesn’t hide the fact that they are a tech first, manufacturer second company, and working in that order has allowed them to dominate the electric car space in a big way. The good old bus is the next flash point for change. Electric busses will be the norm in well under ten years from now.
For many years now, public transport has been marketed as a more planet friendly way of commuting from A to B, and rightly so. Rather than often just one person driving just one car, multiple people ride in one vehicle, reducing the net pollution output. While there’s nothing specifically wrong with this concept, it can always be improved. That’s where initiatives such as the Proterra Electric Bus comes in. By improving the efficiency of public transport vehicles like buses, it reduces pollution from internal combustion, along with some positive ripple effects.
For starters, whilst there are millions of cars in Australia, there is comparatively few buses – meaning that replacing or retrofitting buses is a very achievable prospect within relatively short timeframes. Another thing is buses mostly run via diesel; why is this important? Firstly buses fuel up at their depos, not at normal petrol stations, meaning that again there’s less facilities to retrofit into charging depos. With less depos requiring diesel reserves trucked there, that means less fossil fuels burned overall, decreasing our dependency on oil just that much.
The buses would also only have to visit the depos just as frequently – if not less – than they currently do to ‘refuel’, which should relax fears of a bus running out of charge mid-journey (recently an Australian bus running on electricity drove for 1,018KM on one charge, breaking the record for a bus at the time). Buses could even ‘supercharge’ via current rapid charging technology at frequent stops where buses are often idling for up to 15 minutes or so, further increasing the distance they can go between charges. Combined with rooftop solar panels, electric buses are a literal ‘no-brainer’!
Here at PC Medic, we’re excited to see how this technology develops – hopefully we’ll be seeing electric buses soon at the recently updated Ringwood Station! Maybe we need to start a Bus Medic to fix all those e-bus computers? Ah, yeah, maybe we should just stick to computer repairs and services for now.