Transdev recently took delivery of four new Victorian built fully electric buses manufactured in Dandenong by Volgren Australia.
The four new buses will be delivered to Sydney and Brisbane, with the Brisbane bus running entirely on power generated by solar panels on the roof of Transdev’s depot.
Transdev Australasia CEO Luke Agati said the decision to manufacture the buses locally was an acknowledgement of the skill and expertise of Australia’s local bus manufacturing sector.
“Australia is on the cusp of an e-mobility revolution in public transport,” Mr Agati said.
“For Transdev, it is our global experience paired with local ingenuity that is driving our charge towards the introduction of new zero-emissions fleets across our networks.”
“We want to see more Australians travelling on zero-emissions electric and hydrogen powered buses, which is why we have funded more than $4 million worth of new fleet and infrastructure across the country.”
Mr Agati said supporting local jobs was a major factor in Transdev choosing to partner with Volgren, with the company employing more than 170 Victorians.
“Partnering with Australian bus manufacturers means many more local suppliers and businesses benefit from the construction of our new and future fleet.”
In November 2019, Transdev purchased and delivered Victoria’s first fully electric bus, which is currently operating on Route 251.
Since commencing service the electric bus has travelled more than 45,000 kilometres, producing zero emissions at the tail pipe.
Globally, Transdev operates the largest fleet of zero emissions buses with 1,200 zero-emission buses currently in operation or on order, and a commitment to have 1,500 by 2024.