Auckland Transport and NZ Bus have announced what they claim to be the largest ever order of electric buses in Australasia, with 152 of them destined for Auckland streets.
In a statement, AT claims that the buses will replace 12 per cent of Auckland’s bus fleet, reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions in the region by 10,000 tonnes. The order will arrive over the course of four years, with the first batch arriving in October.
It’s hoped that by 2040 the Auckland public transport fleet will be completely emissions free.
“These 152 new e-buses will replace around 12 per cent of Auckland’s diesel bus fleet and reduce Auckland Transport’s greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 11 per cent annually – equivalent to almost 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year,” says Auckland mayor Phil Goff.
“With transport making up more than 40 per cent of Auckland’s emissions profile, it’s crucial that we pull every available lever to reduce emissions.
“Having already halted the purchase of new diesel vehicles and rolled out 33 electric buses on more than 13 services throughout the region, this is another step towards a zero-emissions bus fleet for Tāmaki Makaurau. It’s encouraging to see Auckland Transport and NZ Bus working together to make that happen.”
The new buses represent a puzzle piece in the Auckland Climate Plan. The plan has copped significant criticism recently for proposing to discourage Aucklanders from driving by replacing roadside parking spaces all over the city with bus lanes.
This could include certain residential areas, meaning residents who rely on parking their vehicles on the road would have to find alternative solutions.
“As an organisation, Auckland Transport is dedicated to doing our bit by actively supporting the goals of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland’s Climate Plan,” adds Auckland Transport chief executive Shane Ellison.
“We are well on our way in transitioning to an emissions-free public transport fleet by 2040, which will have a myriad of benefits for Tāmaki Makaurau – including improved air quality within the city centre and healthier communities.
“Within the last 18 months we’ve introduced 33 new electric services in the city, Waiheke Island, as well as the new AirportLink service connecting with electric trains at Puhinui Station for a carbon-free trip to Auckland Airport. The announcement of 152 additional electric buses is extremely positive for our city.”