Victoria’s first locally built, fully electric bus has commenced operation on Route 903 as part of a trial between Transdev Melbourne and the Department of Transport.
Phase three of the trial, which will see the electric bus operate on an 86 kilometre route between Altona and Mordialloc will gather valuable data about how the bus performs in a variety of different traffic conditions.
Route 903 is known as an orbital route; allowing passengers in Melbourne’s middle and outer suburbs to travel across the city without travelling into the CBD. The orbital routes are among the longest bus routes in the southern hemisphere.
Rachel Spencer, Interim Managing Director, Transdev Melbourne said, “Transdev is committed to identifying cleaner transport options which have a positive impact on environment and local communities.
“This trial is demonstrating the benefits of zero emission buses and providing valuable data about how this technology can be scaled up to operate zero emission bus fleets.”
Recently, the Victorian Government announced from 2025 all new public transport bus purchases will be zero emission buses. The data gathered during this trial will be useful for the development of future bus fleet procurement strategies as the State moves towards reducing carbon emissions in the transport sector.
The electric bus was built by Volgren in Dandenong, supporting local jobs and manufacturing. Up to 87% of content used in Volgren buses is local with the manufacturing process sourcing parts from approximately 80 local suppliers.
In March this year, Transdev took delivery of four new electric buses which have been delivered to Transdev operations in New South Wales and Queensland.
The Victorian trial will continue until 31 October 2021.