Kinetic expands zero-emission bus fleet with Queensland government
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Posted: 5 May 2023 | Intelligent Transport | 1 comment
Kinetic’s latest expansion of its battery electric bus fleet in partnership with the Queensland government will bring the Sunshine Coast’s zero-emission vehicle fleet to 11.
Kinetic, the largest bus operator in Australasia, has announced that it has partnered with the Queensland government to accelerate the state’s public transport network towards a greener future. The company is expanding its fleet of battery electric buses (BEBs) to 26, with a further six new zero-emission vehicles hitting the road on the Sunshine Coast.
Over the last 12 months, Kinetic has launched BEBs from Cairns in Queensland’s far North to the Gold Coast in the South East. The latest set of new BEBs will bring Kinetic’s zero-emission fleet on the Sunshine Coast to 11.
Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards said: “Zero-emission vehicles are the future of bussing and passengers are fully on-board with the change. Tens of thousands of people have been able to experience battery electric buses since we started introducing them into Queensland almost 12 months ago and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. You’ve got to give people a reason to use public transport. Passengers expect reliable, safe, clean and green buses and they are certainly appreciating the smooth and quiet journey as much as the positive environmental impact.”
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Kinetic’s first BEBs in Queensland will be approaching 12 months of operation in July 2023. The state government has committed that every new bus in South East Queensland will be zero-emission, and regional implementation will begin between 2025 and 2030, ensuring that Queensland has sustainable public transport infrastructure across the state.
The company has committed to operating a 100% zero-emission bus network by 2035. Thus, Kinetic’s partnership with the Queensland government is a positive step towards achieving this goal, demonstrating the company’s dedication to providing environmentally friendly transport options for the people of Queensland.
“BEBs also have a positive impact on the social fabric of our cities by reducing noise and emissions around businesses and high pedestrian areas,” said Sewards.
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Kinetic’s decision to expand its fleet of zero-emission buses is important. Thanks to this initiative, pollutant emissions from public transport will decrease even further, helping to improve the quality of the air we breathe. We hope that more and more cities will choose to use battery-powered buses, for the good of the Planet.