Friday, June 21, 2024

Hydrogen buses released in Melbourne

Two Australian-made and designed hydrogen buses are set to be rolled out across Melbourne’s west.

Minister for Public and Active Transport, Gabrielle Williams this week visited Transit Systems West Footscray bus depot, which will run the two hydrogen buses to service routes across Footscray, Williamstown, Moonee Ponds and Sunshine.

“Tackling emissions on our public transport network is a key part of Victoria meeting our nation-leading net zero emissions target – and we’re trialling the best technologies to deliver those savings,” said Minister Williams.

“This is an exciting next step in our journey towards a cleaner bus fleet in Victoria as we get on with transforming the state’s public transport network, delivering more services and slashing emissions.”

The two Victorian-first hydrogen new buses form part of a trial in which six operators – including Transit – are rolling out 52 zero emissions buses, alongside the two hydrogen vehicles, across the state.

Data from the trial will provide practical information on how the zero emission buses perform – assessing things like how much energy they use and what is required to charge them for different route patterns.

From 2025 onwards, all new buses purchased for Victoria’s public transport system will be zero emissions, with the current trial to provide data on the transition of 4,000 diesel buses, including 2,200 in regional Victoria.

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