The first Victorian-made electric bus is about to enter service on the 246 route in Melbourne, between Elsternwick and Clifton Hill, via St Kilda.
The zero-emissions bus is powered by a 324 kWH lithium phosphate battery, which allows the bus to run for 300 kilometres.
Body construction and fit out was done in Dandenong by Volgren, and features a low floor, early detection collision avoidance, USB charging ports.
The zero-emissions fuel makes the bus one of the cleanest commercial vehicles on Australian streets, according to the Victorian government.
“We’re modernising, expanding and upgrading our bus fleet, while improving the passenger experience and trialing new technology with the aim of reducing the impact on the environment,” said Minister for Public Transport, Melissa Horne.
The bus will operate from Transdev’s North Fitzroy depot, where charging facilities are available.
The roll out of this first bus is part of a trial to determine whether full electric buses can be utilised by transport authorities across Victoria. The trial will run until January 2021.
As CEO of Transdev Australasia, Luke Agati, highlighted, the success of this electric bus trial will determine what shape further zero-emissions transport programs will take.
“As the leading operator of zero-emission mobility solutions globally, we’re delighted to partner with the Victorian Government to bring this technology to Melbourne,” said Agati.
“We believe electric buses will play an important role in Melbourne’s future public transport network and we’re looking forward to hearing from our customers about what they think of Melbourne’s first locally built, fully electric bus.”