Qld to trial two diesel-electric buses

By: Jason Whittaker


The Queensland Government will invest $1.4 million to undertake a trial of low-emission diesel-electric buses in the public transport fleet.

The Queensland Government will invest $1.4 million to undertake a trial of low-emission diesel-electric buses in the public transport fleet.

Commencing in 2009, the initiative aims to test the viability of hybrid bus technology under various Queensland conditions.

The Queensland Government will trial two hybrid buses—one in regional Queensland and one in south east Queensland—to assess the fuel efficiency and emissions reduction benefits for potential use in the broader public transport system.

Trialled buses will be wheelchair-accessible and also be air-conditioned.

The south east Queensland trial will be conducted in conjunction with the Translink Transit Authority and the regional Queensland trial will be run by the Passenger Transport division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Both trials will use buses from different manufacturers.

The government says the vehicles will be purchased in 2009 and delivered to operators by October.

Six month emissions testing will occur by March 2010, and a 12-month evaluation and comparison with other trial/technology will be collated by October 2010.

The government says the structure of the hybrid buses will be similar to buses already on Queensland roads, hwever the livery of the hybrid bus to be used in regional Queensland will look different to the rest of the fleet, as it will display qconnect livery, which will highlight that:
  • The bus is a low-emission hybrid bus
  • It is a government-subsidised service and
  • It is helping to deliver the government's Q2 target of reducing household fuel use.

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