New Zealand’s first battery electric bus hits the road

New Zealand’s first fully battery powered electric bus hits the road today, thanks to a joint initiative by Tranzit Group, EECA and AUT.

The 35 seater bus becomes part of AUT’s fleet, servicing the university’s North-City Campus and South-City Campus bus routes. As well as providing sustainable transport for hundreds of students every day, it will operate as a mobile research tool providing vital data to understand the economics and performance of electric buses on New Zealand roads.

“Through the government’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund which encourages innovation and investment in low emission vehicles, EECA is supporting this demonstration of EV technology to create awareness and influence change in the sector,” said EECA’s Transport Development Manager, Elizabeth Yeaman.

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