Electric buses are being adopted in several locations across Australia as the future of public transport moves towards zero-emissions.
Electric buses have been on Australian city roads for a few years now but as state’s increase their commitments to reducing emissions, the number of buses is set to rise rabidly over the next few years.
Zero-emission fleets represent the future in public transport, leading to reduced noise, lower exhaust pollution and the creation of new economic opportunities.
“Electrification of transport is critical for tackling climate change and creating new jobs in low-carbon industries.” Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio said.
Electric bus trials in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Perth have all yielded positive results, further prompting the commitment to introduce fully electric fleets across the states.
Transdev and Australian manufacturer Volgren have formed a partnership to supply cities across Australia with electric buses.
“Australia is on the cusp of an e-mobility revolution in public transport,” Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati said.
“We want to see more Australians travelling on zero-emissions electric and hydrogen powered buses, and we want Australian bus manufacturers to lead the journey with us.”
As the push for sustainable public transport continues, an increase of competition within the manufacturing market will create more jobs and greater economic growth from the industry.