Hybrid-electric bus trial launched in Melbourne

By: Jason Whittaker


Grenda Corporation and Ventura Buses are working with the Victorian Government to undertake a $500,000 trial of hybrid-electric bus technology. The

Grenda Corporation and Ventura Buses are working with the Victorian Government to undertake a $500,000 trial of hybrid-electric bus technology.

The trial will assess the viability of hybrid buses in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will evaluate the financial and social effects of the vehicles in use on Victorian roads.

The hybrid-electric technology is expected to yield a 20 percent reduction in fuel and greenhouse gas emissions when compared with a conventional diesel bus.

Grenda Corporation will trial a hybrid bus between Stud Park and Caulfield and Ventura Buses will conduct the trial on its Garden City to La Trobe University route.

Grenda Managing Director Scott Grenda and Ventura Buses Managing Director Andrew Cornwall launched the trial with the Victorian Minister for Environment and Climate Change Gavin Jennings yesterday (Sunday, June 28).

The Victorian Government has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to provide $500,000 to the trial.

Jennings says the hybrid-electric bus trial will show how improvements in transport technology can deliver air quality improvements and reduce carbon emissions.

Should the hybrid-electric bus trial be successful, Jennings says the Victorian Government will consider increasing its hybrid-electric bus fleet.

For more on the latest developments in hybrid vehicles - and other fuel and emissions saving equipment and technologies - see our 'Green Transport' feature in the July edition of ABC.

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