Double decker buses innovative and bold
EECA Chief Executive Andrew Caseley today congratulated Tranzit on launching New Zealand’s first fleet of 100% electric double decker buses in partnership with Metlink and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.
Tranzit is being co-funded for three projects under the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund, administered by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA).
The projects include a super-fast charging system, which Tranzit installed in Island Bay last month to charge the new double deckers, and a permanent fast charge unit yet to be installed in Thorndon. Tranzit also partnered with Auckland University of Technology to launch New Zealand’s first 100% battery electric bus in March.
The Island Bay charging system is thought to be the only one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.
“The transport world is changing quickly,” says Mr Caseley. “Keeping pace means we have to think innovatively and act boldly. It’s not easy to be an early adopter so I applaud businesses such as Tranzit that are showing confidence in the new technology and leadership in the transport sector.”
100% battery electric bus technology is well established overseas.
“When diesel buses are replaced with electric, everybody benefits. It not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also eliminates emissions detrimental to air quality and human health,” says Mr Caseley.
The fund is one of a range of initiatives in the Government’s Electric Vehicles Programme, which aims to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand. So far, the Government has invested just over $10m over three rounds of funding, with an additional $18.8m invested by the applicants. Successful applicants from round four will be announced in August. Round five is expected to open at around the same time.