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Munich’s First Solar Bus Technology Will Hit the Road to Reduce Emissions and Pollution

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Saving fuel, slashing emissions, and cutting pollution are just some of the benefits of installing solar panels on public transportation buses—and the city of Munich is buying a ticket to the future by doing just that.

Founded by a trio of German friends in 2016, Sono Motors went public in 2021, selling their Sion solar-paneled car, which is also a home energy storage system.

Now, in partnership with the Munich Transport Company (MVG), a novel solar bus trailer will soon hit the roads, carrying passengers in daily operation.

The Sono Solar Technology is offering possible savings—per bus—of up to 2,500 liters of diesel each year and a reduction of 6.5 metric tons local CO2.

The bus trailer will be pulled by a conventional bus, to provide extra capacity on busy routes. Normally, these huge trailers are powered by diesel fuel.

“In summer, when the air conditioning is in full use, the trailer consumes more electricity than the towing vehicle can supply,” a Sono spokesperson told GNN.

The 20 photovoltaic modules on the roof provide over 2,000 watts to power the vehicle’s battery and electrical loads such as heating and air conditioning, as well as the trailer’s steering system.

“In addition to saving diesel, the additional electricity ensures the stabilization of the battery’s energy supply, thus extending its service life and reducing maintenance costs.”

“Apart from this specific case, Sono Motors Solar Technology can also be integrated into the Bus itself—for supporting the high voltage battery of an electric bus.”

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CitiBus riders will have to cope with limited schedule for weeks

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WATERTOWN — Due to mechanical issues, riders can expect the CitiBus system to operate on a modified schedule for several weeks to come.

Three buses are out of commission while they are undergoing repairs and will be off the road for at least three to five weeks.

CitiBus Transit director Kyle E. Meehan said Monday night the Route B Arsenal–Mall and Route C2 Coffeen–JCC routes will continue to be combined until the repairs can be made.

“We know how this affects our riders,” he said. “We’re all out on expanding service, not reducing it.”

One 32-foot-long bus has a transmission problem and was initially sent to Syracuse for repairs on Nov. 26, came back to CitiBus and was then sent to Harrisburg, Pa., to try to finally fix the problem.

Mr. Meehan hopes to get that bus back on the road in about three weeks. There will be no cost for the repairs for that bus because it’s still under warranty.

Two smaller buses have problems with air compressors, which allow easier access on and off the bus. Mr. Meehan expects they’ll be out of commission for five weeks or more.

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Mechanical issues cause CitiBus changes

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WATERTOWN — Due to mechanical issues, Watertown CitiBus will be operating on a modified schedule, effective immediately.

CitiBus will combine its Route B Arsenal–Mall and Route C2 Coffeen–JCC.

This modification will result in a reduction by one-half the number of scheduled daily pick-ups and drop-offs for those routes, increasing the times between locations from 40 minutes to 80 minutes.

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