Zero emission bus trials for Tasmania

The Tasmanian state government will trial three electric buses and three hydrogen buses to establish the viability of a zero-emission fleet on the island.

Zero emission bus trials for Tasmania
Metro will trial three electric and three hydrogen buses

Metro Tasmania is to conduct separate operational trials involving three battery electric buses (BEB) in Launceston and three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEB) in Hobart, for up to three years.

The trials will provide valuable operational experience and data to inform the longer-term transition of Metro’s fleet to zero emission buses.

The project is key to the Tasmanian government’s target of net zero emissions by 2030, and supports Metro’s mission to deliver modern, efficient and attractive public transport services.

The state government has allocated $6 million for Metro to conduct the BEB trial, and approved up to $12.3 million from the Tasmanian Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding Program to progress recommendations from an Industry Activation Study, which includes the FCEB trial.

Metro has released a Request for Expressions of Interest for the supply of the buses and associated recharging and refuelling equipment, and specialist maintenance services.

The Expressions of Interest period will close on 30 May 2022. Shortlisted suppliers will then be invited to participate in a tender process for the supply contracts.

Potential suppliers are encouraged to review the Expressions of Interest documents on Metro’s TenderLink web portal 

The move follows last week’s announcement by the Australian government of up to $70 million to help make Bell Bay a national green hydrogen hub.

This investment will have matching support from the Tasmanian Liberal Government working with the government business enterprises and departments, with proponents paying their fair share of infrastructure costs.

This announcement coincides with announcements in Victoria and Queensland for similar trials and an announcement from the federal government for electric buses to be manufactured in Western Australia.


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