New Zealand capital Wellington is set to get its own fleet of electric double decker buses, the first of their kind in the world.
Dutch company Heliox is building chargers for the buses, and will deliver eight DC chargers to the capital soon. Two of the changers will be 50 kW ultra-fast chargers.
'We’re excited to be the first users in the Southern Hemisphere of fast charge technology. Heliox have been professional partner to date, their experience and proven robust charging infrastructure was a key factor in our decision-making process,' said Bob Bouhuijs, director Automotive at Heliox. 'The charging stations are very discreet and will be placed strategically on our routes for greater range around Wellington. We’re delighted that Wellington are investigating into New Zealand’s first fully-electric bus fleet.'
New Zealand is in the early stages of electrification, with 10 more all-electric buses set to be added to the fleet in 2020, and a further 12 by 2021.
'This project is one of the first steps of all-electric bus fleets in NZ and essentially using larger-capacity vehicles together with a more efficient scheduling could enable 400 electric buses to do the work of the current fleet. Consequently, congestion will be reduced, especially in the city centre that make journey times faster and more reliable,' said Keven Snelgrove, Transport and Operations Director for Tranzit Group which will be running the busses.
'The city of Wellington has emphasized the relevance of electrifying its bus fleet, which would comply with the latest Euro VI emission standards by mid-2018. Additionally, the city of Wellington has made a commitment that the first electric double-deckers will be joined by another 10 in 2020 and another 12 in 2021.Along with the new buses, the city will be able to apply a single ticketing system for travel that benefits the commuters with simplified travel fares on buses.'