Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Two electric buses will be rolled out on routes servicing schools in the Armidale and Uralla in coming months as part of a trial of zero emission technology in regional NSW.

During the Transport for NSW trial, the battery electric buses will operate on routes in Armidale by Edwards Coaches.

“I am pleased to announce hundreds of students will soon experience a quieter and smoother ride to school as four electric buses are trialed in our regions,” said Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison.

“In Armidale and Uralla, at different times zero emission vehicles will run to and from 13 local primary and high schools.”

““Testing the buses in the unique environments of Armidale, at 1000m above sea level will provide important data about how zero emissions buses can perform in regional NSW.”

Zero emission buses offer passengers a quieter, smoother, and more comfortable journey, and emit no harmful exhaust fumes, improving air quality.

The NSW Government has committed $25 million towards this project which will see a series of trials of zero emission buses and coaches across regional NSW.

Community feedback from passengers will be sought during the trials to provide information for the future roll out of zero emission buses.

The trials will be conducted using different vehicles and technologies in a range of environments, to understand what best suits regional and remote service needs.

The Armidale communities will be updated when start dates for their trials are confirmed, which is expected to contribute to the transition of the state’s regional bus fleet to zero emissions by 2047.

For more information on the zero-emissions bus trial go to: https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/current-projects/zero-emission-buses

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