By Juliano Oliveira
A new 100% sustainably bus fleet will hit the streets of Brisbane and the Redlands in early 2021.
The 39 seat-electric-bus program is part of a two-year partnership between Transdev and the State Government.
Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati said the bus would be 100% powered by sustainable solar energy, with the company installing a new Green Mobility Megawall, comprising of 10 Tesla Power Walls, and Solar network at its Capalaba Depot in Brisbane.
“Averaging more than 280 days of sunshine per year, Queensland well and truly lives up to its reputation as the Sunshine State, and we are excited to be bringing this clean, green, modern vehicle to Brisbane and the Redlands,” Mr Agati said.
“Research, testing and design for our future zero-emissions fleet will be led from our newly opened Maintenance and Engineering Centre of Excellence, also based at our Capalaba Depot.”
Transdev’s expectations on the new fleet are that the new e-bus would help to power Queensland’s e-mobility industry and support jobs.
“Not only will the new vehicle be powered by the more than 159,000 kWh of local sunshine collected on-site each year, but it will be Queensland research and experience that will shape the design and introduction of the new zero-emission fleet, both here in Queensland, and elsewhere across the country, ” Member for Capalaba Don Brown said.
“Queensland’s ongoing health response means we can continue our plan for economic recovery, which means creating jobs on major transport projects like new, more energy-efficient buses, our $371 million smart ticketing system and the Eastern Transitway.”