Australia’s first 100 per cent electric bus depot has officially been opened on the Gold Coast today.
The depot, located in Currumbin, will eventually house 14 electric buses and will be completely powered by renewable energy, including a 56kW solar panel array.
Some of buses will service the popular 777-route which connects the Gold Coast Airport to the heart of the city.
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The Queensland Government has also confirmed there will be an extra 30 electric buses hitting the roads across the southeast, including ten on the Gold Coast from late June.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey says it’s all about driving Queensland’s low-emissions transport future.
“We’ve made a commitment that every new bus in South East Queensland would be zero emission from 2025, so to see it happening now is a fantastic achievement,” Mr Bailey said.
“Electric buses are better for the environment and mean people will be breathing in fresher, cleaner air when they are walking around.
Gold Coast based Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon said she was excited to see her city become home to Australia’s first all-electric bus depot.
“Having an emissions free bus depot here on the Gold Coast is fantastic not only for our local environment, but all of Queensland,” she said.
“Transport is the second biggest emitter in Queensland but is rapidly evolving to embrace zero emissions technology.”
“I’m sure customers across Queensland will enjoy riding on the new buses knowing that the project is playing an important role in the future of public transport in this state.”