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Local manufacturing to deliver clean energy buses for Queensland

Queensland state Government premier Steven Miles has announced a new plan to manufacture hundreds of zero emission buses through direct Government procurement.

The plan expects more than 400 zero emission buses will be locally built to spark the clean energy transition, boost bus manufacturing and create new jobs.

The commitment builds on the Government’s recent decision to support construction of 200 new buses in Queensland, which will be Euro 6 diesel buses – the cleanest buses available to be made in Queensland in mass production at this point in time.

Local bus manufacturing will be boosted through local content requirements, which will see the creation of direct and indirect jobs and local opportunities for small and medium business to be part of the broader supply chain.

Premier Steven Miles said, “It’s my expectation that this project will deliver best value for money for Queenslanders now, and in the lead up to 2032.”

It’s expected the move will cut CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent. Bus depots will also go clean, with new zero emission depots to be built and existing depots to be transitioned.

Energy minister Mick de Brenni said, “The transport sector accounts for 15.6% of Queensland’s emissions and is the third largest contributor, so enabling the shift to electric buses will help fast track reducing that contribution, importantly without costing commuters.”

Translink already has 75 zero emission buses being trialled at eight depots across Queensland to help inform the design of zero-emission buses and depots from 2025.

Deputy premier, treasurer and minister for trade and investment, Cameron Dick said “The local construction of these buses ensures Queensland’s manufacturing industry remains at the cutting edge of clean energy manufacturing, giving workers confidence their good jobs are secure for decades to come.”

The plan will boost Queensland’s public transport capability prior to the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and will also lock in greater provisions for operational flexibility.

The new buses will also prioritise driver safety, with appropriate safety barriers to be installed prior to operation and in consultation with drivers.

All new buses will also be fully-accessible for people who require mobility assistance and those who are travelling with luggage or prams.

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