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NSW officially unveils Panel 4

After recent discussions, the NSW government has officially released Panel 4, with the procurement panel focusing on local content for a zero-emissions future

The New South Wales government has confirmed that Bus Panel 4 for procurement has been announced.

The procurement panel is now in place in the state, replacing Panel 3 from March 1 onwards.

The new panel includes an initial list of qualified companies to supply new buses, including battery electric buses, to operators, with more companies expected to be added shortly.

NSW transport minister Jo Haylen says the panel shows the government’s commitment to support local jobs and manufacturing by implementing new achievable targets for bus procurement in the state.

“This bus procurement panel that is now in place reflects the government’s focus on supporting local bus manufacturing as much as possible while still ensuring we have a reliable bus network,” Haylen says.
“For our Zero-Emissions Bus program, Transport for NSW will include more local content during the fleet procurement stage.
We are committed to creating opportunities for our local businesses in growing a sustainable local bus manufacturing industry and maintaining jobs and capabilities into the future.”

The Panel will focus on supporting local manufacturers where possible throughout the bus building process, while balancing service and passenger demands.

Complementing the first stage of the ZEB program, which aims to progressively introduce a 50 per cent local content target in new electric buses, the panel is set to help ensure there’s around 1,700 ZEBs on Greater Sydney roads by 2028.

The panel also features a number of updated manufacturer requirements, including updated safety features, the ability for suppliers to offer updated ZEB technology, ZEB battery warranties and new social, disability, diversity, environmental and sustainability requirements.

Haylen says the panel will help ensure that by 2047 the state’s public bus fleet has been fully transitioned to ZEB technology, reducing around 509,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

“While it is expected that a mix of bus types and manufacturers, including overseas manufacturers, will be required to meet network needs, this is a major step forward in seeing more local content across our public transport network,” Haylen says.

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