Transdev welcomes new electric buses to Queensland fleet

Posted: 16 January 2023 | | No comments yet

In addition to electrifying Queensland’s public transport fleet, the new zero-emission buses and depot work will allow Transdev to upskill its local workforce in the renewable energy space.

Transdev welcomes new electric buses to Queensland fleet

Credit: Transdev

Transdev has announced that it is helping Queensland’s public transport network shift to a greener future with the addition of 17 electric buses to its fleet.

Transdev has partnered with Translink, Volvo and Volgren to order the buses which will progressively join the network in 2024. Locally sourced solar at Transdev’s Capalaba depot will help power the buses, which will service Brisbane’s eastern suburbs.

Manufactured in Australia, these 17 new zero-emission electric buses are in addition to Transdev’s recent orders for two hydrogen fuel cell buses. With a dual motor, 300kW power, the 12.5m buses have a capacity of 43 seats per bus.

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Transdev Queensland Head of Business Operations Mark Thatcher said: “These new buses are quieter and fully featured vehicles which I hope our Redlands customers will enjoy. Major depot work is underway now including cabling, utilities and new vehicle chargers to set us up for our electric and hydrogen-based future. This is also about upskilling our local workforce in this renewable energy space with technical skills that will be transferrable to other industries. We hope the work we are doing with Translink provides an indicator of suitable specifications for operators moving to zero-emission buses in the future.”

Transdev was the first operator to run Australia’s first 100 per cent sustainably powered full-size electric bus powered by a depot solar array with more than 230 solar panels. 

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