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|Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:46 pm Post subject: Electric Buses have finally arrived in Australia
|Electric Buses are finally coming to Australia: Electric airport shuttle in Sydney:
Sydney Airport has launched its first electric bus. It is the first of five Blu Emu buses to follow before the years’ end. They replace an ageing diesel shuttle fleet. Delivered by Carbridge in a JV with BYD, the Toro model can carry up to 70 passengers.
• First electric bus in a fleet of six to be operating on-airport by late 2016
• $5 million investment in environmentally friendly ground transport technology delivers on Sydney Airport’s commitment to sustainability
The Electric Blu bus is the first of a fleet of six electric buses to be operational by the end of this year, replacing the airport’s existing diesel bus fleet servicing the shuttle route between the T2/T3 terminal precinct and the Blu Emu Car Park.
“We’re proud to be the first Australian airport to introduce electric buses to our Parking and Ground Transport operations, which will reduce our carbon footprint and enhance the passenger experience,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.
“These state-of-the-art electric buses can make up to 100 transfer journeys on a single charge, providing a clean and sustainable transport option for the two million travellers, visitors and airport workers who use the Blu Emu shuttle service every year.”
The fleet of Blu Emu electric buses will deliver carbon emission reductions of approximately 160 tonnes per year and improve local air quality through zero tailpipe emissions. The fleet will also lower external noise levels, reduce waste fluids to zero and decrease the amount of toxic material generated during servicing.
Electric Blu is a ‘Toro’ model electric bus, created by Carbridge in a joint venture with the world’s leading global electric bus manufacturer BYD.
“Carbridge is delighted to deliver to Sydney Airport this country’s first electric airport bus and in partnership with BYD we are excited to be at the forefront of electric bus manufacturing in Australia,” Carbridge Chief Executive Officer Luke Todd said.
The Electric Blu bus has a carrying capacity of 70 passengers, features purpose-designed luggage storage racks and has a range of 400km on a single charge. Sydney Airport has invested in charging stations and other ancillary equipment to support the deployment of the new electric bus fleet.
The airport is also currently trialling electric cars as part of its ground transport fleet and investigating solar-powered charging stations to further decrease carbon emissions, while research and development is underway for recycling and reuse of batteries and other components.
Editors Note: Queensland company Bustech (part of the Transit Australia Group) launched Australia’s first electric bus in 2015, designed, engineered and manufactured at its plant in Burleigh Heads.
And in Melbourne an electric vehicle maker called AVASS is focused on the production of electric buses – the Matilda for City (a public transport solution) and the AVASS touring bus.