From Today (July 1 2019), Transit Systems will begin operating four brand new electric buses in Sydney’s Inner West as part of a 2 year trial of the technology.
These Gemilang-bodied, BYD electric chassis buses use 80kW of power per hour, with a total battery capacity of 328kW. The buses also feature regenerative braking, allowing for the bus to recoup around 35% of its battery power in a regular urban setting.
Transit Systems CEO Clint Feuerherdt says that Transit Systems is committed to exploring new bus technologies. “Be it electric, hydrogen, on-demand or traditional bus services, we’ll continue to invest in new technologies and ideas to ensure we are delivering the most convenient, reliable and cost effective services to commuters,”
The buses will be fitted with next stop displays and announcements, providing audio and visual route and location information for customers. This systems is expected to be progressively be rolled out to all buses in the Transit Systems fleet.
The buses will be operated out of Transit Systems Leichhardt Depot on the following routes;
- Route 431 – Glebe Point to City (Martin Place)
- Route 433 – Balmain to Railway Square
- Route 447 – Lilyfield to Leichhardt Marketplace (loop service)
- Route 470 – Lilyfield to City (Martin Place)