Waiheke Island welcomes electric bus fleet

Waiheke Island is the first suburb in Auckland, New Zealand to operate an electric bus fleet, with the first six e-buses now in operation.

The fleet of eight e-buses are expected to reduce approximately 538 metric tonnes of CO2 per year while servicing the existing Auckland Transport Waiheke Island route.

The remaining nine diesel buses from the Island’s 17-vehicle fleet will be slowly phased out and replaced by electric models as they reach the end of their lives.

“This is a real milestone for Waiheke, and a big step forward in Auckland’s plan to create a greener and more sustainable city,” states Auckland mayor, Phil Goff.

“Transport accounts for over 40% of Auckland’s overall carbon emissions. Working towards a low-emissions public transport network and providing alternatives to private vehicles is an essential part of reducing our impact on global warming and heading off a climate change disaster.”

The e-buses can travel up to 400 kilometres on a single charge and have been built to a new length of 11.6m to include an additional two seats and increased legroom for its 37 passengers.

The vehicles also feature art from residents aged five to 18, selected as part of a competition by Fuller360 and Auckland Transport. The six winning artworks are now displayed on the back of each of the new buses.

“We know that Waiheke residents share our goal of a greener future. At Auckland Transport, we recognise that how we get around day to day can have significant impacts on our environment and community,” says Auckland Transport chief executive Shan Ellison.

“This is why we are working with our partners like Fullers360 to deliver safe, innovative and sustainable transport for Auckland. Sustainability is already at the core of our business. As part of the Low Emissions Roadmap, Auckland Transport plans to only procure low emission buses from 2025 and have a full low emission fleet by 2040,” Ellison says.

Source: EV Talk | Auckland’s First E-Bus Fleet on Waiheke

17 November 2020

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