KEOLIS DOWNER SELECTS SIEMENS FOR QLD E-BUS DEPOT

By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: courtesy Siemens, Bustech + Custom Denning


E-CHARGING: Public transport operator Keolis Downer has chosen German multinational conglomerate Siemens' 200kW chargers to power Brisbane’s forthcoming fully electric depot – future home for 16 Bustech e-buses – it was announced, recently.

KEOLIS DOWNER SELECTS SIEMENS FOR QLD E-BUS DEPOT
“Operators require flexible, robust and scalable solutions, and we are proud to see Keolis Downer choose Siemens technology to power Queensland’s largest e-bus fleet,” said Siemens Australia Pacific chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly.

Following similar confirmation of Australian bus company Custom Denning having selected the Siemen’s Sicharge UC product family to power its new ‘Element’ e-buses in Australia, the Keolis Downer statement means Queensland’s first all-electric bus depot will soon be a reality via Siemens delivering e-bus charging solutions to the new North Lakes depot in Brisbane.

Operational from September 2022 and in service from February 2023, the new e-depot will power the 16 Bustech zero-emission buses serving more than 60,000 residents in the city’s northern suburbs.

Keolis Downer will upgrade the North Lakes depot in partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads following the Queensland Government’s commitment that every new bus in South East Queensland will be zero emission from 2025. Regional implementation will begin between 2025 and 2030, it’s explained.

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THE CHARGERS

Siemens will supply five Sicharge UC200 and 16 Sicharge UC Dispenser charging units capable of delivering a peak power output of 200kW. Siemens will also provide commissioning, spares, and preventative maintenance services for the depot, supporting the 100 per cent electric bus fleet designed and built in Queensland by Australian bus manufacturer Bustech Group.

Siemens Australia Pacific chairman and CEO Jeff Connolly, said: "The flexibility of the Siemens Sicharge UC product family has enabled nations across the world to reap the benefits of electrified transport, with world-leading technology solutions providing local capability."

"Operators require flexible, robust and scalable solutions, and we are proud to see Keolis Downer choose Siemens technology to power Queensland’s largest e-bus fleet."

"Transport fleets are one of the largest sources of emissions in Australia, and the decarbonisation of transport is an important part of meeting net-zero emissions targets.

"As more bus networks move to embrace new full electric bus technology, electrical and charging infrastructure will need to scale to meet this demand and ensure the seamless movement of people through our increasingly connected cities," Connolly said.

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CHARGER SPREAD

Operator Keolis Downer has also engaged Siemens to supply Sicharge UC e-charging equipment at the Hamilton depot in Newcastle, New South Wales, to support the first electric buses trialled by the operator in Australia, it states.

Regular services from the Hamilton depot are expected to commence by February, 2022, it confirms.

The Siemens Sicharge UC platform provides bus operators with, "…optimal flexibility when planning electric bus depots, offering compact, sequential and ultra-high power charging options capable of producing up to 800kW@1,000 volts (V); this allows operators to benefit from the rapid advances being made in battery technology, with the option to scale-up economically by adding up to five dispensers plus a pantograph to each charging centre, according to Siemens.

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Keolis Downer CEO David Franks, said: "Selecting Siemens has ensured the operator can future-proof its e-bus operations."

"With electric bus technology developing at a fast pace, bus operators require holistic charging and depot management solutions that we can rely on to grow alongside the technology it powers and market demand.

"Siemens provides a world-class platform, enabling us to scale up quickly and meet the expectations of our passengers," said Franks.

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ABOUT KEOLIS DOWNER

As the largest private operator of multi-modal public transit in Australia, Keolis Downer’s footprint extends into five states across heavy rail, light rail, tramways and buses, it confirms.

In Brisbane’s northern suburbs, it operates public and school bus services under the Hornibrook Bus Lines brand as a contractor to both Translink and Brisbane Transport, with 1.7 million passenger journeys taken on its network each year, it explains.

 

ABOUT SIEMENS

Siemens provides world-class charging infrastructure designed specifically for electric bus depot applications, but also supply complementary technologies such as ‘microgrid’, grid connection and charging management solutions - all of which are increasingly becoming essential components of electric bus depots, it states.

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