Created specially keeping in mind the requirements of electricity run public transport in the Dutch city of Noord-Brabant, the ATC Solar Curve Bus Stop is an innovative and ambitious project by Studio Mango that seeks to integrate induction technology into bus stops to allow electric buses to recharge their batteries without returning to the city’s bus station.
The Solar Curve was designed to fit the current infrastructural requirements of the city of Noord-Brabant. The concept draws on the structure of existing bus stops and tries to offer solar charging capabilities to their design that allows bus stops currently in existence to be retro-fitted with solar panels and electrical outlets that can be used by public transport for quick charging. The bus stop’s traveler friendly design also protects the waiting people from the sun and rain and features a place for waiting passengers to sit as well as a bike rack at its back.
The electric power needed to charge the city bus is met by the 15.5 meter solar panels on the rooftop that are located at an angle to ensure maximum coverage. Components for inductive charging are hidden and protected against damage or dirt in the same titling roof construction.
To make charging via the Solar Curve as easy as possible for the bus driver, the design features intuitive induction charging that allows the driver simply park the bus under the panel and let the solar curve do the rest of the work automatically. Green LED lights on the station indicate charging status and when the bus is ready to hit the streets again that can be read very easily by the bus driver as well as the waiting public.
Source: Studio Mango