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Vic first trial announced for hydro-buses

Hydrogen-buses set for first Victoria rollout

Two locally made and designed hydrogen powered buses will soon be used as part of a new trial in Victoria.

The two Victorian-first hydrogen new buses form part of a trial in which six operators are rolling out 52 zero emissions buses, alongside the two hydrogen vehicles, across the state.

The trial will be used to accumulate information on the performance of the two buses, with a criterion to evaluate energy use, as well as charging requirements for different routes. The two buses will be run out of the Transit Systems West Footscray bus depot, servicing routes in Footscray, Williamstown, Moonee Ponds and Sunshine.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses only emit water vapour at their tailpipe – and it is estimated the two buses alone will save around 90 tonnes of emissions annually.


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The Victorian Government is planning on all new buses purchased for the public transport to be net zero by 2025.

Minister for Climate Action Lily D’Ambrosio said the ‘cleaner technologies’ would help to accelerate progress towards the State’s and nation’s sustainability targets.

“Greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector are significant and it is vital that we act to decarbonise this sector to help us achieve national leading net zero emissions by 2045,” D’Ambrosio said.

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