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Electric bus manufacturer makes Melbourne home

The Victorian government is celebrating as a global electric bus maker has chosen Melbourne as the home for operational headquarters

The Victorian state government has announced that zero emissions bus developer Ebusco has chosen Melbourne as the home for its Asia Pacific operational headquarters.

The government says the choice allows Ebusco to create new jobs in Victoria and support the state government’s Climate Change Strategy.

Ebusco recently launched its Ebusco 2.2 battery electric bus for right hand drive markets including Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

The Dutch company has been producing zero emissions buses since 2012, with more than 450 of its buses operating across seven European countries, including in major cities such as Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Munich.

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Although Ebusco’s production takes place overseas, the company is considering future manufacturing opportunities in Victoria and is currently working with Deakin University to develop composite materials and aerospace technologies to make its vehicles.

As part of Victoria’s Bus Plan, all new buses from 2025 will be zero emission vehicles. To support this transition, the Victorian government has invested $20 million in a state-wide trial of zero emission buses.

The government’s Low-Carbon Manufacturing Grant Program will help Victorian manufacturers compete globally for renewable energy components, powering the state’s transition to net zero and creating new jobs.

Internships supported by the government’s Digital Jobs for Manufacturing program will help train, support and prepare 300 Victorian workers transition to new jobs that will be created as part of the state’s push to net zero.

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