Kinetic announces expansion of Queensland’s electric bus fleet

Posted: 22 August 2022 | | No comments yet

Kinetic’s new battery electric buses will provide Cairns’ residents with a sustainable mode of transportation, while supporting the Government of Queensland achieve its zero-emission targets.

Kinetic announces expansion of Queensland's electric bus fleet

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Kinetic has announced that five new battery electric buses (BEB) have arrived in Cairns ahead of their introduction to the city’s public transport network in September 2022.  As such, Cairns’ streets will soon see new BEBs operating Translink services across the city with each vehicle expected to save as much as 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases over its lifespan, as well as reduce noise pollution.

The arrival of the sustainable buses in north Queensland builds on the Government of Queensland’s commitment that every new bus in southeast Queensland will be zero-emission from 2025, with regional implementation to begin between 2025 and 2030.

Cairns MP Michael Healy inspected the new BEBs as they underwent commissioning prior to entering passenger services in September 2022.

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Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards said each battery electric bus has an immediate impact on emissions reduction.

“Every electric bus we put on the road replaces a diesel one and that has an immediate benefit to the environment, community and passengers,” Michael Sewards said. “With its abundant natural beauty, Cairns is the perfect location to introduce more efficient and environmentally friendly modes of travel. These five battery electric buses are among 20 fully-electric vehicles Kinetic is rolling out across the state and we are pleased to be supporting Translink and the Queensland government with achieving their zero-emission targets. It is important transport infrastructure and technology meets the needs of passengers today and into the future and we are delighted to be in the front seat leading this charge. We know our passengers love travelling on electric vehicles and we look forward to welcoming the people of Cairns on-board.”