Electric Buses To Hit The Road In South East Queensland

Queensland will soon welcome a new fleet of zero-emission buses after the State Government agreed to a $15.6 million deal with manufacturer Keolis Downer to build 16 new electric buses on the Gold Coast.

Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey praised the collaboration, saying it would play a role in Queensland’s quest to achieve 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

“This deal will see the largest rollout of electric buses in Queensland to date,” said Mr Bailey.

“These buses will be built right here in Queensland, at BusTech on the Gold Coast.

“The Palaszczuk Government has made a commitment that by 2025, every new urban bus we add to the fleet in SEQ will be zero-emissions, by 2030 we’ll roll that out to the rest of the urban fleet – and of course we want them to be built here in Queensland.”

The electric buses will be manufactured locally by manufacturing company BusTech at their facilities in Burleigh.

“BusTech Group is delighted to partner with Keolis Downer to deliver Australian designed, engineered and manufactured zero-emission buses with the most energy-dense battery solution,” said BusTech Group Executive Chairman Christian Reynolds.

“Manufactured in Queensland, BusTech’s all-electric ZDI is built with the highest local content of any electric bus available on the Australian market.

“These 16 new electric buses will provide Queensland with cleaner, quieter transport whilst also supporting employment opportunities, the local supply chain, the renewables industry and generating lasting economic benefits.”

The agreement will also see Keolis Downer construct the states first 100 per cent electric bus depot at the Hornibrook Bus Lines in North Lakes according to CEO David Franks.

“We are proud to be partnering with the Queensland Government to transition our North Lakes depot to 100 per cent battery electric buses,” said CEO David Franks. “This means the depot will be using 100 per cent renewable energy to power a fleet of electric buses, making it a first in Australia, and cementing Keolis Downer’s commitment to accelerate the energy transition with large-scale deployments in public transport.”

The project is expected to bring $17 million to the state economy and support 150 jobs during the construction phase over the next two years.

The first of the electric buses are expected to hit the roads from September 2022, with all 16 to be available and in use by late 2023.

Source: Media Statements

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