West to welcome Victoria’s first hydrogen buses
West Melbourne is set to become home to Victoria’s first hydrogen buses as part of an expansion of Andrews Labor Government’s $20million zero-emission bus trial.
Continuing its investment in greener technologies, the Labor Government is working with Transit Systems to deploy two hydrogen fuel cell buses and nine electric buses which will operate from its Footscray depot from March next year, s’ adding to the 41 electric buses already announced as part of the trial.
Transit Systems’ test buses will operate on 15 school services and 26 routes in the western suburbs, including Footscray, Sunshine, Yarraville, Newport, Melton and Williamstown.
Transit Systems joins five other selected bus operators to test electric buses on existing bus routes in Melbourne, Seymour and Traralgon, with the first test buses due to enter the state’s public transport network in August.
The trial will provide practical information, including on the performance of zero-emission buses and the energy and charging requirements for different types of routes. It will also provide insight into how buses can improve financial and environmental sustainability and customer outcomes.
In another development, Kinetic’s first two electric buses are now operating in the western suburbs, beginning its rollout of an average of one electric bus per month over the next three years.
Under current initiatives, Victorians will travel on at least 89 quieter, smoother and fume-free zero-emission buses each week by mid-2025, reviving the plan for all new public buses to be zero-emissions from of 2025.
The creation of a greener fleet is part of Victoria’s bus plan to develop a modern, reliable network that attracts more passengers, with the new greener buses essential to the Labor Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
As Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said
“We know how essential it is to invest in greener technology now – these early Victorian hydrogen fuel cell buses will help us reduce pollution and remove noisy diesel buses from the public network for good. .”
“We will continue to work closely with our public transport operators, like Transit Systems and Kinetic, to deliver these zero-emission buses that will also provide passengers with quieter and more comfortable journeys.”
As Transit Systems COO Greg Balkin said
“Transit Systems is proud to have been selected to participate in the zero-emission bus trial and is confident that these trials will effectively demonstrate the performance of zero-emission technology and accelerate the deployment of zero-emission buses.”
“The results will transform Melbourne’s public bus transport network into a smoother, quieter and cleaner network for our customers and the wider community.”
As stated by Kinetic Co-CEO Michael Sewards
“The introduction of our first two electric buses is an exciting step in Kinetic’s journey to provide a safer, cleaner and greener bus service for all Victorians.”
“We are proud to support the Victorian Government’s transition to zero-emission transport and hope this is an incentive for Victorians to get out of their cars and onto our buses which are better for local communities and the environment.”