Electric buses to be rolled out in Queensland as Australian-first bus depot opens on Gold Coast

Australia’s first 100 per cent electric bus depot will open its doors on the Gold Coast today.

The new electric bus depot in Currumbin will be completely powered by renewable energy, including a 56-kilowatt solar panel array.

The depot is expected to house 14 electric buses, including some that will travel the 777 route from the Gold Coast Airport to Coolangatta.

It comes as 30 new electric buses will be hitting Queensland’s roads from next month, with a local company heading up one-third of the construction.

An artist's impression of an electric bus being charged by a white rectangular charging station.
The Gold Coast depot will be home to 14 electric buses.(Supplied: Translink)

South East regions will benefit

Gold Coast bus manufacturer BusTech is building 10 of the new electric buses, which will be used by commuters in Logan from later this year.

From late June, there will also be 10 on the Gold Coast.

Five of the buses will be rolled out on the Sunshine Coast and another five will be operating in Cairns soon.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the 30 buses were part of a commitment by the state government to make all new South East Queensland buses environmentally friendly from 2025.

“That commitment expands to our regions between 2025 and 2030,” he said.

Three electric Translink buses have been on the road since April last year.

Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey speaks to the media at a press conference on the Gold Coast on April 10, 2018.Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey speaks to the media at a press conference on the Gold Coast on April 10, 2018.
Mr Bailey says the state government is committed to making buses environmentally friendly.(ABC News: Ashleigh Stevenson)

Greener travel built locally

Adam Begg, co-chief executive of Sunshine Coast bus company Kinetic, said the company was excited to partner with Transink to make bus travel more environmentally sustainable.

The company currently operates zero-emission buses in Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.

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