Brisbane Airport goes electric

Brisbane Airport is all set to roll out a fleet of 11 electric buses, with Carbridge awarded the contract to build, operate and maintain its new bus fleet

Brisbane Airport goes electric
A fleet of 11 Carbridge Toro electric buses will operate at Brisbane Airport from February next year


The five year contract is worth more than $5 million per year and will start on July 1 this year, with the new electric bus fleet coming into full operation in February 2018.

Brisbane Airport head of parking and transport services Martin Ryan says the move will reinforce its ongoing commitment to a cleaner, greener environment and an improved passenger experience.

"The new fleet will be super quiet and environmentally clean, having reduced noise pollution and zero tail pipe emissions," he says.

"In fact, swapping out our current fleet for electric buses will result in a reduction of 250 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road."

Carbridge CEO Luke Todd is also pleased with the announcement.

"We are proud to partner with Brisbane Airport to deliver world leading bussing technology for the airport and its patrons," he says.

"The Toro electric buses created by Carbridge are powered by BYD battery technology and are built with an aerospace lightweight aluminium bus body.

 "The Carbridge Toro is statistically the world’s best electric bus with a driving range of 600 kilometres on a single charge.

"The buses use kinetic power regeneration technology to produce charge as the buses decelerate.

"This advanced technology further reduces battery recharging frequency as power generation is created by the buses while in motion.

 "Carbridge is delighted to build further upon our long-term relationship with Brisbane Airport which commenced in 2008."

 The roll out of Electric Buses is for landside transport operations only at this time.

Carbridge will still operate standard buses airside under separate contractual agreements with Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia. 


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