FULLY ‘SUSTAINABLY’ POWERED E-BUS FOR SEQ: EARLY 2021

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: Nicholas O’Sullivan


TRANSDEV QUEENSLAND will launch a 100 per cent ‘sustainably powered’ full-sized electric bus for South East Queensland early 2021, charged at a fully solar-powered bus depot in Brisbane, the company reports.

FULLY ‘SUSTAINABLY’ POWERED E-BUS FOR SEQ: EARLY 2021
At Transdev’s Capalaba depot, in Brisbane, 250 solar panels have been installed as part of the company's 'fully sustainable' solar power harvesting/bus powering plan.

Touted as a first for Australia, global e-mobility leader Transdev will operate the new 39-seat e-bus on TransLink routes throughout Brisbane and the Redlands from early 2021 under a two-year partnership with the Queensland State Government, it confirms.

Transdev CEO Luke Agati says the bus would be 100 per cent powered by ‘harvested’ sustainable solar energy, with the company installing a new Green Mobility Megawall, comprising 10 Tesla Power Walls, and Solar network at its Capalaba depot.

"Averaging more than 280 days of sunshine per year, Queensland well and truly lives up to its reputation as the Sunshine State, and we are excited to be bringing this clean, green, modern vehicle to Brisbane and the Redlands," Agati said.

"Globally, Transdev is a leader in zero-emissions mobility, and work is underway to introduce new fleet and innovations to Australia and New Zealand over the coming months.

"Research, testing and design for our future zero-emissions fleet will be led from our newly opened Maintenance and Engineering Centre of Excellence, also based at our Capalaba Depot."

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ZERO-EMISSION FLEET

Member for Capalaba Don Brown toured Transdev’s Capalaba depot recently and says the new e-bus would help to power Queensland’s e-mobility industry and support jobs.

"Not only will the new vehicle be powered by the more than 159,000kWh of local sunshine collected on-site each year, but it will be Queensland research and experience that will shape the design and introduction of [a] new zero-emission fleet, both here in Queensland, and elsewhere across the country," member Brown said.

"Global economies have been hard-hit by Covid-19, and both Australia and Queensland have not been immune.

"But Queensland’s ongoing health response means we can continue our plan for economy recovery, which means creating jobs on major transport projects like new, more energy-efficient buses, our $371 million smart ticketing system and the Eastern Transitway.

"The Palaszczuk Government is committed to collaborating with industry on the transition to electric vehicles and infrastructure and services, and Transdev’s decision to lead it’s [sic] e-mobility operations from Queensland is a recognition of the expertise and innovation that we have here in the Sunshine State."

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ABOVE: A mock-up of the e-bus - with final livery is to be determined by TransLink.

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BUS FACTS

• Route testing will occur for two years – to identify suitable routes (based on geography, stopping pattern, etc) for optimal energy efficiency;

• Capacity for 61 passengers – 39 sitting, 22 standing;

• Up to 300-kilometre range per charge (operating under normal conditions);

• 348kW size battery;

• Battery fully charged in under 5 hours;

• Enhanced passenger comfort – reduced noise, USB charging ports and electric ramp;

• Customised digital signage and on-board display;

• Volgren Optimus body integrated with BYD e-bus chassis.

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GREEN MOBILITY MEGAWALL/SOLAR SYSTEM

• 250 solar panels capturing up to 159,000kWh of power per year – average of 438kW per day;

• Green Megawall consists of 10 individual Tesla Power Wall units;

• Total storage capacity 135kWh

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ABOUT TRANSDEV

According to Transdev it believes, "…public transport plays an important part in how a city comes to life. Our day-to-day work influences our families, friends and future generations where they live, work and play."

In Australasia, Transdev has 5,704 people passionate about operating its 2,150 vehicles and vessels, which deliver more than 145 million customer journeys each year, it explains.

 

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