Vic Transport Department asks for industry input on ZEB transition

Victoria has launched a consultation paper asking industry for input into its transition to zero emissions buses.

Minister Ben Carroll

All new public transport buses purchased from 2025 will be zero emission as part of the state’s target of net zero by 2045.

The state’s transport department sets out its proposed approach to the ZEB transition in the Zero Emission Bus Transition Consultation Paper released last week.

“Tackling emissions on our public transport network is critical to Victoria meeting its commitment of net zero emissions by 2045 and we’re seeking feedback from operators, industry and the wider community as we transition to a diesel-free bus fleet,” Public Transport Ben Carroll said in a statement.

The consultation paper provides updates on current ZEB trials and invites contributions from industry on emissions, passenger experiences and bus industry jobs.

The government is looking for feedback on:

  • Current ZEB technology and limitations
  • Transition sequencing for the roll-out of ZEBs across Victoria
  • Commercial funding and contracting considerations
  • Bus operator readiness and depot upgrade requirements
  • Opportunities for the local manufacturing industry

Three year trial

The government is investing $20 million in Zero Emission Buses in partnership with industry, with the aim of trasitioning almost 4,500 diesel buses to zero emissions.

As part of an ongoing three-year trial, set to conclude in 2025, six operators across Victoria are introducing 52 zero emission buses into their fleets – 50 electric and two hydrogen – across Melbourne, Traralgon and Seymour.

The government says the trial is already providing evidence about performance, depot charging needs, capacity, infrastructure and energy network requirements, environmental outcomes and customer expectations.

More than 100 hybrid and around 45 zero emission buses are already operating on public transport routes across Victoria.

Submissions can be made here until September 3.

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