South-west Sydney gets its first electric buses

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, Transport and Roads minister Andrew Constance, Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons and Interline representatives. Picture: Supplied
Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, Transport and Roads minister Andrew Constance, Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons and Interline representatives. Picture: Supplied

Bus customers will benefit from quieter and more environmentally friendly journeys in Sydney's south west, after the first electric bus rolled out in the region this morning.

Interline's new electric bus will initially operate on routes 859 (Carnes Hill to Edmondson Park) and 858 (Oran Park Town Centre to Leppington.)

Transport and roads minister Andrew Constance said it was one of more than 50 new electric buses being delivered across Sydney this year.

"Five electric buses have already been trialled in Sydney's inner west and now it is time for customers in the south west to start reaping the benefits of this amazing technology," Mr Constance said.

"We are one step closer to creating a greener, cleaner and healthier future for the people of NSW, with inner west customers and staff already giving us positive feedback about the quieter journeys.

"The NSW Government is committed to transitioning its 8,000 diesel buses to Zero Emission technology, and I have previously set Transport for NSW the goal of electrifying the fleet by 2030."

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, Transport and Roads minister Andrew Constance, Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons and Interline representatives. Picture: Supplied

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, Transport and Roads minister Andrew Constance, Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons and Interline representatives. Picture: Supplied

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves said Interline had purchased 10 new electric buses, which will be rolled out progressively across the south west this year.

"The new electric buses are not only better for local commuters' health and the environment, but they will also save taxpayers money on maintenance and operational costs," Mr Sidgreaves said.

Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons said it was exciting to see the NSW Government's electric bus vision becoming a reality.

"Commuters in south-western Sydney will now get to enjoy the benefits of electric bus technology," she said.

"It's really great to see it reaching our local streets, and everyone will notice the difference.

"These buses are better for our health, the environment and they are much quieter than their diesel counterparts which is big win for commuters and residents alike."

The vehicle, manufactured by BCI, is capable of running for up to seven hours on a full charge.

Another nine electric buses, built by Yutong, will be delivered by Interline by the end of the year.

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