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Transit Systems Adds Even More Buses To Australia’s Largest EV Fleet

Press Release: Transit Systems continues to lead the public transport sustainability revolution, adding another 19 battery electric buses to its New South Wales fleet, as the company nears completion of world-first charging infrastructure at Leichhardt depot.

Operating in Sydney’s Inner West, the additional 19 battery electric buses will bring Transit Systems’ Australian fleet of electric buses up from 39 to 58.

Transit Systems has worked with Transport for NSW as well as key industry partners, including Zenobe and Transgrid, to deliver the largest fleet and depot electrification in Australia.

The 19 new battery electric buses include ten 368kW Nexport buses and nine 422kW Yutong buses. Within the coming weeks, the Leichhardt depot supporting infrastructure will be fully commissioned including:
• 43 battery electric bus chargers
• 388kWp solar PV on the depot roof
• 2.5MW/4.9MWh on-site battery storage system to support bus charging and reduce grid upgrade requirements
• Market-leading smart charging software to manage the fleet and all depot electrical assets
• Innovative smart charging strategies to reduce grid impact, and guarantee fully charged buses.

Chief Operating Officer Greg Balkin said the new buses represent years of dedication to innovation and an unwavering commitment to sustainability.

“We know bus drivers and customers prefer travelling on a more sustainable service, which is why as the country emerges from COVID and we see more people back on public transport, zero emission solutions are an absolute priority.

“We’re proud to work alongside Government partners with the same vision to deliver a greener commute, and we’re excited about the possibilities that see us partner with Australian manufacturers, as well as bringing world-class technology into our local network,” he said.

Demonstrating a dedication to exploring innovative technologies, Transit Systems will soon welcome two Foton Mobility hydrogen fuel cell buses to its Australian fleet.

“We are proudly setting the benchmark for exploring and trialling different technologies to develop and deliver solutions with our key industry partners, which suit the dynamic and complex operating conditions within the Australian public transport landscape,” he said.

Transit Systems will also welcome another two Australian-built hydrogen fuel cell buses into its fleet, along with a further nine battery electric buses as part of the Victorian Government’s Zero Emissions Bus Trial.

“Public transport has a responsibility to offer more sustainable solutions to communities. Being the largest operator of battery electric buses in Australia is a credit to our team of experts who collaborate with industry innovators, while we invest in the technology, and leverage our combined experiences to ensure we are working towards delivering a more sustainable future,” he said.

Transit Systems boasts a fleet of approximately 300 electric buses in London, 11 electric buses in Singapore, as well as hybrid and electric buses in Perth and Adelaide and the expansion of electric charging capabilities across the bus depot portfolio. Visit www.transitsystems.com.au.

About Kelsian Group (ASX: KLS)
Transit Systems is part of Kelsian Group Limited. Kelsian is Australia’s largest integrated multi-modal transport provider and tourism operator, with established urban bus operations in Singapore and London. The group provides essential journeys for our customers by delivering safe and intelligent transport solutions designed to improve the sustainability and liveability of the communities we serve.

Kelsian has over 30 years’ experience delivering tourism experiences and passenger transport services and is now a leader in zero emission public transport as the operator of Australia’s largest battery electric and hydrogen powered bus fleets and Australia’s largest electrified bus depot.

As at 30 June 2021, Kelsian employs 9,500 people and operates 4,200 buses, 116 vessels and 24 light rail vehicles that delivered 222 million customers journeys last year. Through its London bus joint venture, Kelsian has involvement in employing a further 4,000 people operating 1,250 buses in London, including 300 fully electric vehicles.

 

This article is supported by Kelsian / Square One PR.

 
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