Bustech hopes $2 million grant will see 100 employed making electric buses in SA

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Burleigh, Gold Coast-based Bustech hopes that a new grant to develop electric buses will see 100 jobs created at its new South Australian factory over the next 18 months.

The Courier Mail reports that Transport Australian Group – Bustech’s parent company – has been awarded a $2 million grant by the South Australian government. This is for the development of four vehicles – two advanced diesel and two electric – to be used in Adelaide.

The company, which currently makes over 250 buses annually, according to its website, will partner with Adelaide’s Precision Components to deliver the new buses. It hopes that the work will lead to “hundreds” of the electric vehicles being made for the state.

“We’re also bidding for a 10-year government grant that would see our buses on their roads for the next decade,” TAG’s CEO Michael McGee told the Gold Coast Bulletin.

McGee told The Courier Mail that the SA government was trying to stimulate more manufacturing activity in the the state, which will lose hundreds of jobs directly when Holden shuts its Elizabeth factory next year.

“They have been very proactive in helping us and it is a good example of how pro-business governments can attract investment and promote industry,” he said.

McGee’s company introduced a prototype electric bus at the Australasian Bus and Coach Expo in Melbourne last year, and was chosen in 2014 as the lead design and manufacturing partner for a $170 million Malaysian electric bus project.