Today I helped to launch the first electric bus to operate in the Sutherland Shire.

The NSW Government has made a commitment to transition its fleet of 8,000 diesel and gas buses across the state to zero emission technology.

This new electric bus will operate out of Transdev’s Kingsgrove depot and run on route 970 from Miranda to Hurstville, and route 971 from Cronulla to Hurstville via Burraneer Bay Road, Miranda and Port Hacking Road.

Electric vehicles present a number of long-term benefits for the community.

In addition to being much better for the environment than their diesel counterparts, these vehicles deliver a much quieter ride for customers and less noise pollution on local streets.

The introduction of the new zero emission bus will help Transdev to understand how the vehicle performs in the Shire. This will help guide Transdev’s decision making when it comes time to roll out electric buses in the Shire on a permanent basis.

More than 50 electric buses will roll out across greater Sydney over the course of this year. 

Electric buses are already operating in Sydney’s north, inner west and south west.