Archive, Industry News

Kinetic introduces 10 new electric buses to Gold Coast in partnership with Queensland government

Ten new battery electric buses (BEB) have begun services on the Gold Coast as Kinetic supports the Queensland government in electrifying the state’s public transport network

Based out of Kinetic’s depot in Currumbin, which is Australia’s first 100 per cent electric bus depot, the zero emission vehicles operate Translink services including the 777 route connecting the Gold Coast Airport to the heart of the city.

Their introduction on the Gold Coast builds on the Queensland government’s commitment that every new bus in South East Queensland will be zero emission from 2025, with regional implementation to begin between 2025 and 2030.

They join a fleet of electric buses Kinetic has introduced in partnership with the Queensland government across the Sunshine Coast and Cairns this year.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey celebrated the announcement, which will promote a cleaner, greener Gold Coast.

“These buses lay the foundation for a fully electrified passenger transport network, and push us towards our net zero targets,” Bailey says.

“We were delighted to see Kinetic’s first electric buses hit the road on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year, with regional Queenslanders then getting their first glimpse of two bioethanol buses in Mackay in May, and five electric buses to start operating in Cairns shortly.

“Now, Gold Coast customers will get their first taste when the buses hit the streets from Monday. You can’t miss the vibrant green livery as they begin to roll around the streets, so be sure to keep an eye out.”

RELATED ARTICLE: Kinetic supports Try Before You Ride accessibility initiative

Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Meaghan Scanlon says each bus was expected to save as much as 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases over their lifespan and reduce noise pollution.

“Earlier this year I was lucky enough to visit the depot where these 10 new buses will recharge each day, which is fully powered by renewable energy,” Scanlon says.

“We expect the buses to travel about 300 kilometres a day, and all 10 can be charged up at the depot simultaneously. I can’t wait for Gold Coasters to get onboard.”

Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards says each battery electric bus had an immediate impact on emissions reduction.

“Every electric bus we put on the road replaces a diesel one and that has an immediate benefit to the environment, community and passengers,” he says.

“These 10 battery electric buses are among 20 fully electric vehicles Kinetic is rolling out across the state and we are pleased to be supporting Translink and the Queensland government with achieving their zero emission targets.

“It is important that transport infrastructure and technology meets the needs of passengers today and into the future and we are delighted to be in the front seat leading this charge. We know our passengers love travelling on electric vehicles and we look forward to welcoming the people of the Gold Coast on-board.

“We look forward to continuing to share our expertise and experience operating zero emissions buses in major cities to help governments reach their sustainability targets.”

Send this to a friend