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Port Stephens Coaches joins forces for electric bus trial

Port Stephens Coaches is helping run a zero-emissions bus trial on campus in Newcastle

Hunter Region transport operator Port Stephens Coaches has announced it’s joining forces with the University of Newcastle and zero-emissions brand Foton Mobility Distribution (FMD) to run a short trial of a battery electric city bus.

The trial, to be run over approximately four weeks, will test the suitability of the vehicle for regular scheduled passenger services between Newcastle City and the University of Newcastle Callaghan Campus.

University of Newcastle’s Director of Infrastructure Facilities and Services Steve Johnston says this trial is an opportunity to engage with industry who have a shared vision for innovative and sustainable operations.

“Electric vehicles are an essential step towards building more sustainable societies and we are fortunate to participate in this trial to demonstrate that ethically minded technology can meet the demands of our communities today,” Johnston says.

“During the trial period, the BEV will replace one of the two hybrid shuttles we offer as part of our inter Campus NUspace Shuttle that runs between Newcastle City and Callaghan Campus and adds to our ongoing commitment for sustainable transport options for staff and students.”

The FMD 12.5 metre low-floor electric city bus has the potential to save up to 108kg of CO2 per 100km driven, or approximately 104,000kg of CO2 entering the atmosphere per annum, equivalent to 19 Sydney to Melbourne passenger jet flights, or removing three heavy duty diesel trucks off the road for a year.

The BEV shuttle is available for pick up and drop off to University of Newcastle staff and students from regular Newcastle city and Callaghan Campus bus stops. The trial concludes on August 4.

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