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BYD Electric Bus enters service at Sydney
Added by admin 04/09/16
Posted: 03 Sep 2016
Airport has unveiled Australia’s first electric airport bus, as
part of a $5 million investment in environmentally friendly
ground transport technology.
The Electric Blu bus is the first of a fleet of six electric
buses to be operational by the end of this year, replacing the
airport’s existing diesel bus fleet servicing the shuttle route
between the T2/T3 terminal precinct and the Blu Emu Car Park.
“We’re proud to be the first Australian airport to introduce
electric buses to our Parking and Ground Transport operations,
which will reduce our carbon footprint and enhance the passenger
experience,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie
“These state-of-the-art electric buses can make up to 100
transfer journeys on a single charge, providing a clean and
sustainable transport option for the two million travelers,
visitors and airport workers who use the Blu Emu shuttle service
The fleet of Blu Emu electric buses will deliver carbon emission
reductions of approximately 160 tonnes per year and improve local
air quality through zero tailpipe emissions. The fleet will also
lower external noise levels, reduce waste fluids to zero and
decrease the amount of toxic material generated during servicing.
Electric Blu is a ‘Toro’ model electric bus, created by Carbridge
in a joint venture with the world’s leading global electric bus
“Carbridge is delighted to deliver to Sydney Airport this
country’s first electric airport bus and in partnership with BYD
we are excited to be at the forefront of electric bus
manufacturing in Australia,” Carbridge Chief Executive Officer
Luke Todd said.
The Electric Blu bus has a carrying capacity of 70 passengers,
features purpose-designed luggage storage racks and has a range
of 400km on a single charge. Sydney Airport has invested in
charging stations and other ancillary equipment to support the
deployment of the new electric bus fleet.
The airport is also currently trialing electric cars as part of
its ground transport fleet and investigating solar-powered
charging stations to further decrease carbon emissions, while
research and development is underway for recycling and reuse of
batteries and other components.
Story and image courtesy:Electric