NEW ZEALAND CAPITAL WELLINGTON WILL RECEIVE ELECTRIC BUSES
This announcement comes after the Greater Wellington Regional Council signed contracts with Tranzit and Uzabus.The two companies were chosen for nine bus routes across the region after the council called for tenders in August last year.
The use of larger-capacity vehicles and more efficient scheduling will enable 400 buses to do the work of the current 500-strong fleet. This will reduce congestion, especially in the central city, and make journey times faster and more reliable.
The introduction of these buses could put NZ among the top performers worldwide for lower emission levels. If the electric buses prove efficient they will pop-up across the country. This is but the first step to an all-electric vehicle NZ., with developments in the electric truck sector following just on the heels of electric buses. However, electric trucks come with a whole new set of issues, including the range of the vehicles. Hopefully, as this technology continues to develop it will become more practical for heavy freight.