Electric buses en route to regional Victoria

Electric buses will enter the regional bus network for the first time as part of the Victorian Government's three-year Zero Emissions Bus Trial, creating a cleaner and more sustainable transport network.

Five Victorian bus operators have been selected to trial 41 electric buses on existing bus routes in Melbourne, Seymour and Traralgon as part of the $20 million trial program.

The trial will provide practical information including how electric buses perform and the energy and charging requirements for different types of routes. It will give insights into how zero emissions buses can improve financial and environmental sustainability and customer outcomes.

The majority of the electric buses being introduced through the trial will be built at Volgren’s Dandenong South manufacturing facility, supporting local jobs and skills development and helping to build Victoria’s engineering, design and manufacturing expertise in emerging technologies.

Seymour will be the first regional town to be fully serviced by electric buses and Latrobe Valley Bus Lines will introduce the first electric bus based in Traralgon.

In metropolitan Melbourne, Ventura will convert its Ivanhoe bus depot into Victoria’s first fully zero emissions bus depot by January 2024, charging 26 trial electric buses and one existing electric bus that will operate in the north-eastern suburbs.

In Melbourne’s west, Donric Group will have the trial’s first three electric buses operating in and around Sunbury from August, while CDC Victoria will introduce eight electric buses to service the CBD and eastern suburbs.

There will be charging stations at the depots the electric buses are housed in.

The 41 electric buses are in addition to 36 electric buses being rolled out across the metropolitan network by Kinetic, that will operate from the Sunshine West and Heatherton depots.

Under current initiatives, tens of thousands of people will be travelling on at least 78 quieter, smoother and fume-free electric buses each week across the state by mid-2025.