DesignLine Eco-Smart I

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DesignLine Eco-Smart I
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Years of manufacture 2007 to present
Length 34 or 40 feet
Width 96 or 102 inches

The DesignLine Eco-Smart I is a battery-electric bus built on the Olymbus/EcoSaver IV platform. The prototype, named Tindo (after the word for sun in the indigenous language of the Kaurna people of South Australia), is operated by the Adelaide City Council and has been heavily marketed as the world's first solar electric bus. The bus is not actually equipped with any solar panels, but is recharged using a solar photovoltaic system installed at the Adelaide Central Bus Station.

According to the Adelaide City Council, the 34-foot bus is able to travel about 200 kilometres between recharges under typical urban conditions. Tindo is equipped with air-conditioning and can carry up to 40 passengers, with 25 standard seats, 2 seats especially designed for disabled passengers and room for 13 standing passengers.

Two similar buses, now marketed as the Eco-Smart I, were shipped to Abu Dhabi (UAE) in 2010 where they are used as luxury shuttles for a local resort.[1] Laval, Québec purchased the first 40-foot version of the Eco-Smart and is DesignLine's first Canadian customer.



  • Length: 10.42 m (34 feet)
  • Width: 2.48 m (96 inches)
  • Height: 3.06 m (121 inches)


  • 2 x Bosch RexRoth Idramat 3-phase AC Induction 335 hp (total)

Power storage

  • Type 11 modules Zebra Z36-371-ML3C-64 sodium-nickel chloride 261.8 kWh


  • Sutrak
  • Thermo King



  • Front: ZF 85A
  • Rear: ZF A132


  • Bendix disc brakes with ABS and ATC


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  • Adelaide City Council - Adelaide, SA

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  • Tourism Development & Investment Co - Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Production list

Below is a list of known Tindo/Eco-Smart I buses.[3]

Owner Fleet number Thumbnail Year VIN Body Motors Notes
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Adelaide City Council


(1 unit)

2007 7DL2700207A006042 34-foot 'Olymbus' body Built in New Zealand, delivered in Dec. 2007.
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Tourism Development & Investment Co


(2 units)

2010 34-foot 'Olymbus' body
  • Built in North Carolina, delivered in Apr. 2010.
  • Platinum Edition.
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Société de transport de Laval


(1 unit)

Société de transport de Laval 1199-a.jpg 2012 1D9422EV7CC665053 42-foot 'Olymbus' North American body Bosch RexRoth
  • "Eco-Smart II" model.
  • Built in North Carolina.
  • Expected delivery late 2011; delayed to Dec. 2012.
  • Originally numbered (internally) as 151212.
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Société de transport de Montréal

33-601 to 33-607 NOT BUILT 30-foot Siemens
  • Were to be delivered in 2013.[4]
  • Cancelled after bancruptcy of DesignLine.


  1. DesignLine Middle East Announces Delivery of Electric Buses to Tourism Development & Investment Company,, retrieved on 2010-07-08
  2. Tindo Fact Sheet,, retrieved on 2010-07-08
  3. Australia Bus FleetLists
  4. [ Contract awarded for mid-size electric buses: the STM moves forward with its network electrification strategy] (Press release) 2 May 2012. Retrieved on 8 May 2012.