Brisbane looks to electric buses, W.A. opts for diesel dinosaurs

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Brisbane Metrol looks to clean transport options, in stark contrast to Western Australia, which has decided to buy 900 new diesel buses.

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People living in Queensland’s capital could soon be ferried about the city through dedicated transport corridors on zero emissions, electric buses.

The Brisbane Metro, which forms a primary part of Brisbane City Council’s strategy to provide its residents with quick, safe and clean transport options, is currently undergoing a procurement process to decide which organisation will fulfill the design and delivery of the Metro fleet – including what kind of powertrains will be used.

Brisbane City Council deputy mayor Adrian Schrinner has said that in addition to traditional powertrains, designs that have been submitted for the bi-articulated buses to service the Metro include hybrid and fully electric options.

The companies that have submitted to the tender are Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd, HESS AG (from Switzerland) and the Transit Australia Group together with Van Hool of Belgium.

“We have shortlisted to three different companies that are in the running for that vehicle and those three different companies are offering different power trains,” Schrinner said.

“So, there are three different options on the table at the moment.

Read the full story on RenewEconomy’s electric vehicle dedicated site, The Driven…

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