AUSSIE BUS BODY BUILDER PARTNERS WITH BLK AUTO

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy BLK Auto


BREAKING: NSW MID-NORTH COAST’s Express Coach Builders has entered into a commercial agreement with Bonluck bus importer BLK Auto to make zero-emission battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell buses here in Australia, it was announced today.

AUSSIE BUS BODY BUILDER PARTNERS WITH BLK AUTO
According to BLK Auto managing director Jason Pecotic, the collaboration with Express will be a win-win for the two companies, as well as for bus operators in Australia.

The pairing will usher in a range of zero-to-low emission buses and coaches co-engineered by the BLK and Express design teams specifically for the Aussie public transport and mining resources markets.

BLK Auto - the Australian distributor for BLK (aka Bonluck) buses - has established the alliance with Express as the demand for zero-emission buses ramps up locally, with government and private bus operators starting to switch buying criteria to zero emission, the companies explain.

BLK will provide dedicated battery-electric and hydrogen fuel-cell-powered chassis, with Express designing and building specialised bodies, engineered to suit the zero-emission BLK chassis.

According to BLK Auto managing director Jason Pecotic, the collaboration with Express will be a win-win for the two companies, as well as for bus operators in Australia.

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"We are very pleased to align with Express to deliver clean, green, emission-free buses tailored for Australian operations and using a dedicated battery or fuel-cell-powered BLK chassis, designed from the start as a zero-emission vehicle - not adapted from a diesel design," Pecotic said.

"Dale Hancox and his team at Express have tremendous capabilities that will deliver the highest-quality-standard, locally built, zero-emission buses to meet the increasing demand from the bus market.

"Express has impressed with the standard of its engineering and quality workmanship and we are very pleased to be working with them to deliver the best electric buses for the Australian market," Pecotic explained.

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DIVERSIFICATION OPPORTUNITY

Express general manager Dale Hancox says the alliance with BLK is an exciting opportunity for the company to diversify and deliver the latest technology zero-emission options alongside traditional diesel bus solutions.

"This will enable us to offer the latest technology clean buses to a market that is seeking solutions in a rapidly changing public transport sector, while still meeting demand for traditional diesel buses and coaches," Hancox stated.

"We are not forgetting our alliances with other chassis makers, but forging a new relationship with a chassis manufacturer that brings established green credentials," he added.

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Hancox says Express will receive the first BLK battery electric chassis in the coming weeks and expects to have a fully built zero-emission vehicle ready before the end of the year.
BLK will soon start delivering a fleet of hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses, which will arrive as Completely Built Up (CBU) vehicles for operation in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

These will use a similar Hyzon FCEV driveline to the bus chassis that Express will build bodies on in Australia, the companies confirm.

BLK Auto and Express plan to offer hydrogen FCEV buses to the market from early 2022, it states.

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