The ACT will be adding its first electric bus to Canberra’s ACTION bus fleet with a new Yutong Electric E12 bus to be operating all over Canberra.
ACT Minister for Transport Chris Steel said transport, including private and public transport, makes up more than 60per cent of the ACT’s emissions, and they need to transition to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040.
The electric Yutong will be based at the Tuggeranong Depot for charging, with Canberrans to soon have the opportunity to complete with zero emissions trips around the National Capital with a new electric bus joining the Transport Canberra fleet.
The ACT Government says it is doing our bit to reduce emissions in the ACT and says investing in electric public buses is another practical step in the Government’s long-term vision to have a more sustainable and environmentally friendly city for future Canberrans.
In 2020 the ACT claims it will be the first jurisdiction outside of Europe to achieve 100per cent renewable electricity.
“As the climate change capital of Australia, we can do more and our next goal is to achieve zero net emissions for the ACT by 2045,” said ACT Minister for Transport, Chris Steel.
“As we invest in these new, sustainable technologies, the Government is also committed to providing the right training and support to our workforce to enable them to transition their skills and expertise,” he added.
“Transport, including private and public transport, makes up more than 60 per cent of the ACT’s emissions, and we need to transition to a zero-emission bus fleet by 2040,” He said.
“The Government is committed to transitioning our public transport fleet to zero emissions, reducing air pollution and providing a reliable and comfortable service for users,” Minister Steel said.
“This electric bus will provide us with valuable operation information to guide the preparation of a Transition Plan for zero-emission bus fleet and prepare for the purchase of more electric buses at scale.
“This is a more modern electric bus than those previously trialled in 2017 and has already proved successful in other jurisdictions.”
It is estimated that the bus will be able to travel up to 400 kms before requiring a recharge. Currently the bus can carry 57 people, however it can be configured to meet Transport Canberra’s operational requirements in terms of range, charging time and increased passenger capacity.
The Government has started work on a Zero-Emission Transition Plan, which will provide a roadmap to make the switch from diesel buses to a zero-emission fleet.
“The Plan we are developing will ensure that we have the required infrastructure, investment and skills to scale up our zero-emissions bus fleet,” Minister Steel said.