In December 2019 Victoria’s first locally built, fully electric bus began operating on the Victorian public transport network.
Affectionately named Aurora by Transdev staff, the bus is part of a trial into zero-emission technology initiated by Transdev in partnership with the Victorian Government. The bus can carry up to 61 passengers, has a range of around 300 kilometres, and can be recharged in just 5 hours. It is currently operating on route 246 between Clifton Hill and Elsternwick with additional routes to be trialled over the course of the year long trial.
The bus was built for Victorians, by Victorians by leading bus builder Volgren in their Dandenong factory as part of the Government’s Local Jobs First policy.
The fully electric bus will not only help to reduce carbon emissions, it will also improve air quality and deliver a quieter and smoother ride for passengers. It features a low floor, intelligent early detection collision avoidance systems, and USB charging ports and is among the cleanest commercial vehicles on Australian roads.
The trial draws on Transdev’s significant expertise and commitment to innovation as the leading zero-emission mobility operator in Europe.
Transdev is the first zero-emission mobility operator in Europe and operates a fleet of more than 400 fully electric buses around the world, including the first fully electric bus fleet in the Netherlands.
The trial will continue until January 2021.