Electric bus push gathers momentum

Queensland’s Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Hon. Mark Bailey MP, has announced the rollout of more electric buses for the state’s public transport fleet.

The Minister confirmed that 17 electric buses will be built at Volgren’s Eagle Farm and deployed across Transdev’s fleet. The first vehicles will commence service next month, with the rest to be added to the network servicing Brisbane’s eastern suburbs throughout the year.

These new vehicles will add to the 10 electric buses already being used on the Gold Coast, five on the Sunshine Coast and five in Cairns, with more than 50 electric buses expected to be in use across Queensland by the end of 2023.

The Queensland Government has committed to all new buses purchased in south-east Queensland being by 2025, with regional bus purchases for the state to be electric by 2030.

This pledge aligns with commitments made by other jurisdictions across Australia. The ACT made all new bus purchases electric last year, Victoria has committed to doing so by 2025, while New South Wales has committed to making its statewide bus fleet electric by 2047.

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