Sydney’s bus fleet is set to be transitioned to zero emissions as Transport for New South Wales (NSW) reveals it is exploring multiple trials of battery electric and hydrogen technology.
The government agency is calling for expressions of interest from leaders in the energy, transport, manufacturing and financing sectors to participate in the trails, which will be undertaken in partnership with transport operators in the Sydney and Outer metropolitan areas.
The trials will allow the cost-effective testing of these emerging technologies and their supporting infrastructure and services that help support a net zero outcome.
A zero emission bus fleet will support NSW Government’s goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
“We have to meet our environmental challenges head-on and learn from cities around the world,” said Elizabeth Mildwater, Transport for NSW Deputy Secretary, Greater Sydney.
“We are committed to taking advantage of new technology that reduces the impact that current diesel buses have on air quality and people’s health.”
“We want to eventually transition the entire public transport bus fleet to zero emissions as part of our strategy to make public transport more sustainable into the future.”
“Bus patronage in Sydney has grown remarkably over the last few years and we must continue to meet future demand in a sustainable way.”
“Zero emission technology not only has the potential to reduce emissions in our communities, but also reduce operational costs.”
“These trials are a crucial step towards this goal and will provide us with important findings about future infrastructure and energy needs.
“It is essential that we collaborate with industry to trial and develop the most innovative, effective and sustainable new technology and approaches for our local transport needs.”