Electric bus hits the road

Victoria’s first locally built, fully electric bus is now carrying passengers on one of Melbourne’s busiest routes, thanks to a partnership between the Victorian Government and Transdev.

After a trial on Route 246 between Elsternwick and Clifton Hill, the electric bus is now running on Route 251 between the city and Northland Shopping Centre, clocking up more than 32,900 kilometres and travelling nearly 1,000 kilometres on just two charges, demonstrating the efficiency and range of its 324 kW Lithium Phosphate batteries.

During its first 300 days on the road, the Victorian-built electric bus saved 61 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. 

This is equivalent to over 30,000 kilos of coal burned, or over 23,000 kilometres driven by an average car. It could power 10.4 houses for a year, or charge over 7 million smart phones. 

The body construction and fit out for the new bus was carried out in Dandenong by Volgren, supporting Victorian jobs and backing the local automotive industry to develop new capability and innovation.

The bus will not only help to reduce carbon emissions, it will also improve air quality and deliver a quieter and smoother ride for passengers.

It features a low floor, intelligent early detection collision avoidance systems, USB charging ports and will be among the cleanest commercial vehicles on Australian roads.

The bus is based at Transdev’s North Fitzroy depot where a charging station has been installed.

The trial will continue until 31 October 2021 and will be reviewed to determine the potential to roll out fully electric buses across Victoria.