Victoria’s first locally built, fully electric bus will soon begin carrying passengers on Route 246 services between Elsternwick and Clifton Hill via St Kilda, thanks to a partnership between the Victorian Government and Transdev.

Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today welcomed the first stage of the trial taking place locally, which if successful, means the buses could be used on other routes across inner Melbourne.

The body construction and fit out for the new bus was carried out in Dandenong by Volgren, supporting Victorian jobs and backing the local automotive industry to develop new capability and innovation.

The new zero-emission bus is fitted with 324 kWH of Lithium Phosphate batteries, which will provide a travel range of 300 kilometers.

The bus will not only help to reduce carbon emissions, but also improve air quality and deliver a quieter and smoother ride for passengers.

It features a low floor, intelligent early detection collision avoidance systems, USB charging ports and will be among the cleanest commercial vehicles on Australian roads.

The bus will be based at Transdev’s North Fitzroy depot where a charging station has been installed.

The trial will continue until January 2021 and will be reviewed to determine the potential to roll out fully electric buses across Victoria.

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“It is exciting that passengers living between Richmond and Clifton Hill will get a first-hand look at how these cleaner and quieter buses run, with them potentially being the future of transport in Victoria.”

“It doesn’t matter what mode of transport you use or wherever you live, because we’re investing across the entire network to provide safe and reliable trips for Victorians.”