“What Is The Solar Bus? The bus used in the Bauer’s fleet is a 57-passenger Setra that has rooftop solar panels and has been reconfigured for an interior floor plan with 52 seats and a set of table seatings. It was introduced this year at Bus Con 2010.”
Uh, it’s not a solar bus. O.K., work with me here. Would I have a “Solar Land Cruiser” if I put a photovoltaic panel on top of the moonroof? No, I would not.
Ergo, Bauer Limousine “Transportation” doesn’t have a solar bus. Sorry, we don’t have those kinds of things yet, not on Planet Earth. Solar airplanes, sure, but not solar buses and not even “solar hybrid” buses.
Now, here’s an electric bus that gets it’s juice from solar – that’s getting warmer. See?
So, and this might be news to Z62 and the people at Bauer, your vaunted solar / solar-hybrid bus is actually a diesel bus.
(Actually, diesel engines love to idle. They don’t get into a lot of the issues that gasoline engines have when idling. And diesels don’t use all that much fuel while idling, so that’s why it used to be industry practice to let diesels idle for extended periods even without passengers inside. But it doesn’t look good and it pisses off the neighbors sometimes so that’s why laws and guidelines have popped up lately. Anyway…)
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