Kinetic reaches new milestone in Melbourne electric bus roll-out
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Posted: 31 January 2023 | Intelligent Transport | No comments yet
With new electrification and infrastructure upgrades being completed at its Sunshine West and Heatherton depots in Melbourne, Kinetic is set to welcome a further 36 battery electric buses to the city’s public transit fleet.
Kinetic has announced that it has unveiled new electrification and infrastructure upgrades at its Sunshine West and Heatherton depots in Melbourne, under its partnership with the Victorian government to deliver a cleaner, greener and more reliable bus network.
The infrastructure milestone is part of Kinetic’s partnership with the Victorian government to introduce 36 battery electric buses (BEBs) to Melbourne by mid-2025, with an average of one new BEB joining the network each month.
The Sunshine West upgrades include new undercover bays to provide weather protection and charging infrastructure for the BEBs. More than 300 solar panels have also been installed to reduce the depot’s carbon footprint and electricity to power the buses is 100% green via a carbon offset programme.
At Heatherton, electrical infrastructure upgrades have been completed and undercover bays and 84 solar panels have been installed. In total, 12 charging dispensers have also been installed to power the electric buses operating from the depot.
Kinetic’s commitment to introducing a zero and low emissions bus network includes replacing 163 diesel buses with 36 BEBs and 127 hybrid buses by mid-2025.
The growing fleet of nine electric buses already operating out of the Sunshine West and Heatherton depots support 16 metropolitan routes and have saved more than 216 tonnes of CO2 emissions over more than 200,000 collective kilometres travelled.
This data and further learnings from the initial deployment of BEBs by Kinetic will supplement the findings of the Victorian government’s $20 million Zero Emissions Bus (ZEB) trial. The three-year ZEB trial will inform the transition of around 4,000 diesel buses in the state’s public fleet, including around 2,200 in regional Victoria, to zero emissions. From 2025, all new buses on Victoria’s public transport routes will be zero emissions.
“These infrastructure and electrification improvements are an important milestone in our pathway to deliver 36 battery electric buses to the city’s public transit fleet in partnership with the Victorian government – and we are proud to deliver them in our first year of operating the Metropolitan Bus Franchise,” said Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards.
“Tackling emissions in the bus industry is critical to Victoria meeting its new commitment of net zero emissions by 2045,” said Victoria’s Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll. “We’re investing in greener technologies, supporting local manufacturing to transform our state’s transport system. Furthermore, we are providing Victorians with quieter and more comfortable journeys as we reduce pollution and remove diesel buses from our public network.”
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