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ACT announces infrastructure to support electric bus transition

The ACT government is planning to work with Evoenergy as it provides infrastructure for its growing electric bus fleet

The ACT government is continuing the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future, after it announced the infrastructure it will use to support its electric bus fleet transition.

The government has engaged Evoenergy to undertake critical electrical infrastructure works to supply the Woden and Tuggeranong bus depots with the energy required to house and charge up to 300 battery electric buses.

Further work continues to be undertaken in consultation with Evoenergy to deliver essential infrastructure upgrades to the distribution network. This will support the ACT government in transitioning to a zero-emission public transport system by 2040.

With the first of Canberra’s 12 electric buses now on the road, this announcement locks in the supporting electrical infrastructure required to operate the future 90 electric buses currently under procurement.

The government is also progressing internal electric works at the Tuggeranong and Belconnen Bus Depots to increase electrical capacity to enable more flexible charging arrangements in the short term.

The installation of these high voltage cables, which will span 11.9 kilometres, will be ready to support the new Woden Bus Depot with the capacity to charge up to 100 buses and upgrade Tuggeranong depot to charge up to 200 buses.

This work involves augmentation of Evoenergy’s electrical distribution network by connecting two bus depots, via two new 11 kV dedicated underground feeders from Evoenergy’s Wanniassa Zone substation, to help manage maximum demand of up to 12.2MVA at Tuggeranong and 5.1MVA at Woden.

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The ACT government says $26.3 million over three financial years will be invested to complete these critical electrical infrastructure works and will ultimately provide the depots with the energy required to charge and operate up to 300 battery electric buses.

“The ACT government is making sure that the ACT continues to lead on the transition to a low emissions future. This investment is part of our plan to electrify public transport, reduce emissions and lower the ongoing operating costs of the bus fleet,” ACT chief minister Andrew Barr says.

“Importantly, we have made this investment through the budget so that the impacts of transitioning to a zero-emission public transport network are not passed onto Canberrans through their household electricity bills.”

ACT transport minister Chris Steel says: “This is a significant day for public transport in Canberra as we transition to zero-emission transport. Our transition plan has never just been about buying electric buses, it is about building the grid and charging infrastructure to support them and upskilling our staff to maintain and operate this new technology.”

“This investment means we can progressively be rolling out new bus technology across our city over the coming years to grow our zero-emission fleet. These buses will integrate with our expanded mass-transit light rail network, with both transport modes running on 100 per cent renewable electricity.

“Our combined investments represent the biggest improvement to Canberra’s public transport system in a generation. This will give every Canberran the opportunity to play their part in taking real action on climate change and provide more comfortable and convenient ways to get around our city.”

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