Electric bus trial set to take over Brisbane roads

The Brisbane City Council has issued an open invitation for transport and manufacturing companies to submit tenders for the city’s new electric bus trial.

As part of the council’s initiative to provide a “clean and green” Brisbane to its citizens, electric buses will be trialled on the popular City Loop service, stopping at various locations throughout the CBD.

Brisbane City Council will invest $316,000 for the initial tender, followed by $1.26 million to make the trial a reality.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner believed the project was essential to reducing the city’s environmental footprint, as well as unlocking transport congestion in the heart of the city.

“An electric bus will be a great addition to our city and will open up our roadways by increasing transport choices and reducing congestion,” said Cr Schrinner.

“As well as improving commute times and easing congestion, electric buses have zero tailpipe emissions, which is something I can’t wait to see running on our streets.”

Tenders offers will be open until early next year when the tender will be awarded. Brisbane City Council are welcoming tenders from companies worldwide, in a bid to receive the best technical, engineering and maintenance support for the trial.

Cr Schrinner was bullish about the potential offered by the trial on the city of Brisbane.

“It’s an exciting time for our city and the chosen supplier will assist Brisbane City Council in deciding the future of electric buses on the city’s transport network.”

15 Oct 2019

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