Australian-built low-emission and electric buses launched in SA

The first Australian designed, engineered and manufactured electric bus to be used on a public transport system in Australia have been launched in South Australia.

The bus, one of two electric buses and two low carbon emission diesel buses to be built by Precision Buses with the support of a $2 million Northern Economic Plan grant from the SA Government, will be used as part of a citywide trial on Adelaide’s main public transport network. An agreement has been signed for a further $4.7 million to be spent through the Northern Economic Plan over the coming year an additional 50 low carbon emission diesel buses to be manufactured for supply interstate.

Precision Buses, a South Australian-based joint venture comprised of Precision Components Australia and Bustech, is designing, engineering and manufacturing the buses. ZF Lemforder Australia is providing the joint venture with specialist engineering, manufacturing and supply chain development support.

The trial will provide the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure with information about how electric and low carbon emission buses might be used as part of Adelaide’s main public transport network.

The 50 additional buses are currently in build and will see both manufacturing operations and the supply chain developed over the next 12 months, with buses exported to New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.

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