Green Chariot E-bus Brings Ultra-Capacitor Technology To Europe's Gray Streets

Look Sofia, no batteries! After proving its all-electric, ultra-capacitor, no-batteries technology over seven years and 8 million kilometres in Shanghai, China, the innovative Chariot E-bus is bringing its talents to South Bea, er, make that Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Israeli-Bulgarian bus company Chariot Motors brought together Higer, China's second largest bus manufacturer, and Aowei, a China-based ultra-capacitor producer, to create the bright green, sleekly-styled E-bus.

Not only is it the Sofia public transport authority's first electric bus of any type, the Chariot E-bus will demonstrate cutting-edge environmental transport technology during its pilot run that will help the Bulgarian capitol plan future investments in green transport.

As mentioned, the Chariot E-bus doesn't use batteries to store electricity like conventional electric vehicles, nor is it dependent upon overhead electric wires like traditional streetcars.

Instead, a series of onboard ultra-capacitors enables the vehicle to travel up to 20km (12.4 miles) on a single charge. The long range is achieved through the use of regenerative braking and if you've ever ridden a bus, you know they do a LOT of braking.

“This is the first electric bus on European streets that does not require traditional battery charging and can cover its whole route on a single charge requiring just a few minutes,” according to Zwika Zimmerman, chairman of the board of Chariot Motors, who firmly believes electric buses are the future of urban public transport.

“Cities across Europe face increased demand for public transportation at the same time as facing increased concerns over air pollution,” explains Zimmerman. The need is especially urgent in Bulgaria's urban centers: air in the former Eastern Bloc nation has the highest concentration sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide in all of Europe, according to a report published by the European Environment Agency just last year.

“Electric buses can both meet that demand and address those concerns,” states Zimmerman, and the Chariot e-bus is a jolly green way to do just that! (via Electronics Weekly, Kamioni, and CRI)