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University of Wollongong introduces zero emissions buses to campus

Premier Illawarra has been chosen by The University of Wollongong (UOW) to operate two brand new electric low floor city buses around its Wollongong campus.

The successful partnership comes after the University opened tenders late last year for new bus services, with one of the specifications being an environmentally friendly option.

The zero emissions buses, which are operating on routes 9 and 9N around the campus, aim to contribute to UOW’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

“When it comes to sustainability and carbon neutrality, every decision matters,” UOW acting vice-chancellor David Currow says.

“The electric buses will significantly reduce emissions from transport on campus and we are proud to be taking another step towards carbon neutrality.

“I encourage every student and staff member to use public transport when possible and to jump on one of our new electric buses.”

Previously, the University has had hybrid shuttle buses operating on campus with the new switch to electric a collaboration with Foton Mobility Distribution, Premier Illawarra, and UOW.

Foton Mobility Distribution CEO Neil Wang says the company’s vehicles would have a tangible impact on the campus environment, reducing noise and pollution.

“The opportunity to partner with a major transport operator such as Premier Illawarra and my old alma mater, UOW, makes me very proud,” Wang says.

“Together, we will not only be showcasing the great qualities of the proven Foton Zero Emissions buses but also advancing the transition to net zero in the Illawarra.”

This collaboration will showcase the first electric buses in the Illawarra region on a route that provides a key link for students and staff between UOW and North Wollongong Station, according to Premier Illawarra director John King.

“Our hope is that these new buses will encourage the uptake of public transport when travelling to and from Wollongong Campus, limiting carbon emissions from private vehicles as well as congestion on the road.”

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