Kinetic expands New Zealand operation with acquisition of NZ Bus
NZ Bus will support Kinetic in the decarbonisation of its public transport fleet by accelerating the roll-out of zero-emission buses, as well as expand its operations to the cities of Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga.
Kinetic has has announced that it has officially welcomed NZ Bus Ltd (NZ Bus) to its business in New Zealand. The acquisition expands Kinetic’s operation into the fast-growing cities of Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga under long-term government contracts.
NZ Bus’s accelerated electric bus roll-out programme and significant investment in depot conversion and infrastructure will also bolster Kinetic’s sustainability credentials and commitment to zero emissions busing as the region’s largest battery electric bus (BEB) operator, and one of the largest globally.
The New Zealand bus operator currently operates 70 BEBs and announced Australasia’s biggest electric bus order in 2021, in partnership with Auckland Transport (AT), with 152 BEBs to replace around 12 per cent of its diesel bus fleet over the next four years.
Kinetic already operates 10 BEBs in Auckland as part of the AirportLink service in partnership with AT and a further 25 in Christchurch in partnership with Environment Canterbury. A further 16 will be delivered to Christchurch by December 2022.
Kinetic first entered New Zealand with the launch of SkyBus Auckland and in August 2020 it acquired Go Bus and Johnston’s Coachlines. In 2022, Kinetic has more than doubled its contracted services with the New Zealand Ministry of Education as the preferred supplier for 679 school routes across the country.
NZ Bus will provide Kinetic with a strong presence in major population hubs and diversify its offering across regional, school and urban bus services. The company holds 27 contracts across Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga with a team of 1475 people and 800 buses spread across 14 strategically located depots. Kinetic’s Australasian network now includes 4800 buses and 6375 people.
Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards said: “NZ Bus is a high quality business with a high quality management team and this is an exciting day as we welcome them into the Kinetic family. New Zealand is a clear leader in the decarbonisation of public transport and we are excited to grow our partnership with government and councils so that people can enjoy safer, cleaner and greener public transport for many generations to come, and to help realise a carbon net-zero future.”
Kinetic Head of New Zealand Calum Haslop said: “There is a lot to be excited about as we welcome NZ Bus to our network and continue to deliver exceptional bus services that communities can be proud of. We have built an enviable reputation as an employer and transport service partner of choice over many decades and we now look forward to working closely with the NZ Bus management team, customers, staff and stakeholders as we continue to invest and innovate to build a substantial and sustainable public transport platform for New Zealand.”
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