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Electric public transport enters new era with double deckers Continued from page 1. “We need to plan for future growth. Journeys on buses, trains and ferries are set to increase from 38 million to 42 million a year between now and 2024,” Chris says. He believes that is a good thing as congestion levels from private motor vehicle

use are “really unsustainable” and significantly contribute to climate change. “Our electric double deckers are wireless buses for a wireless world. “They are New Zealand’s first battery-powered bus fleet, and we believe they are the first fully-electric double deckers in

the southern hemisphere. “We’ve set ourselves the target of a 100 percent electric bus fleet and the first stop on our way is 10 new double deckers this year and 32 by 2021.” Chris promises there will be more than 350 new Metlink buses on Wellington roads by early next year - 80 percent of

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Visiting students from Australia’s East Brunswick High School send a visual message to those heading away from Parliament on board the double deckers for a test ride. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

the fleet – however nearly all of them will be diesel-powered, albeit of Euro 6 low-emission standard. “The council and our four bus companies – Tranzit, NZ Bus, Mana and Uzabus – are investing tens of millions of dollars in buses that are quieter, more spacious and air conditioned.” Media were invited to take a ride on one of the buses as part of the launch. The bus was noticeably quiet, and made no noise at all when idling (giving the disconcerting impression it had been turned off), but was prone to scraping tree branches. However its reliability was confirmed when it maintained a speed of 80km/h when taken up the Ngauranga Gorge. Built and assembled by Kiwi Bus Builders in Tauranga, the double deckers utilise ionbased battery technology from global developer Microvast. Infrastructure is in place to ensure they can carry up to 82 passengers and travel up to 150km on a single charge costing as little as $22. Each bus is charged overnight at Tranzit’s Tranzurban depot in Rongotai, with fast-charging of 10 minutes’ duration taking place at strategically-placed stations en route. They make up a fleet of 234 new buses to service the bulk of Wellington and Hutt Valley commuter routes.

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