Australasian Bus & Coach

Issue 411

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5 minutos
born free … maybe. are we?

Poignantly haunting Midnight Oil lyrics have a bad habit of recurringly reminding die-hard fans to question each decade or so that, no matter much time has passed, or life has changed, are things really just the same? “You’re watching people fighting, “You’re watching people losing, “On Armistice Day. “The watchers do the wincing, reporters so convincing, but the TV never lies…” Or does it? Estimates of attendees at various protests always seems to dramatically bounce around. The song’s sarcasm aside on that last point, it is hard to tell what is true and accurate these days from all accounts and all angles, as each individual does their best to navigate the labyrinth of information bombarding the senses 24/7 – and that’s just the mainstream stuff. I say this now having chatting to the odd bus-type person or…

3 minutos
e-bus reliability ‘beyond delivery’

OFFICIALLY LAUNCHING the Volvo BZL electric chassis in late September, 2021 – and following years of extensive electro-mobility planning, development and testing, as the company confirms – Volvo Bus Australia (VBA) has consistently utilised Volvo’s stringent European standards to, “…provide a safe, reliable and consistent framework for developing and supporting the Volvo BZL Electric chassis.” These standards, it states, have been at the forefront of VBA’s planning and execution throughout its electro-mobility journey, reinforcing VBA’s values of quality, safety and environmental care, it reports. “From an operator perspective, the Volvo BZL electric offers optimum accessibility and serviceability, ensuring that servicing and repairs can be carried out with ease,” said Mitch Peden, general manager, VBA. “The accessible design of the Volvo BZL electric offers multiple practical access points across the vehicle to secure maximum…

4 minutos
sydney expands e-bus fleet

COMMUTERS SEEING more ‘green power’ on Sydney’s inner-West urban streets via Transit Systems currently operating 15 electric buses – with 40 more ordered – has led to creating, via retrofit, the largest electrified depot in Australia, the operator confirms. Taking the successful electric bus pilot programs to scale has required significant planning and infrastructure works to ensure the grid and electrical network can cope with the charging and energy storage needs, according to Clint Feuerherdt, CEO of Sealink Travel Group, which owns Transit Systems. “With responsibility for transporting over 207 million passengers each year, we strive to not just meet the community’s needs today, but ensure we future-proof our solutions with sustainable outcomes that will benefit us all tomorrow,” he said. “Part of achieving this today has been our active participation in trials…

2 minutos
ventura starts e-bus fleet transition

MAJOR MELBOURNE bus operator Ventura Bus Lines has added its first battery-electric bus (BEB) to its fleet, taking delivery of the e-bus from longtime partner Volgren. The Volgren Optimus-bodied BYD D9RA e-chassis bus was a combination chosen after several years evaluating the current crop of BEBs, according to Ventura’s managing director Andrew Cornwall. “Ventura customers enjoy high levels of reliability and punctuality for their bus services, so it was critical that we chose a very dependable solution for our first BEB,” Cornwall stated. “Ventura has been buying buses from Volgren for over 20 years and we have built a very respectful partnership.” Ventura general manager of fleet and maintenance David Burgess says investing in any new technology requires a strong customer focus. “Our long-term relationship with Volgren gives us a high level of confidence to…

3 minutos
scania to open western sydney outlet early 2022

SCANIA BUS AND TRUCK owners and operators will have access to a new company-owned sales and service outlet at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west early next year, which is taking shape rapidly as the business prepares for the start of operations, the company has announced. The shell of the building has been completed, the floor is going in and much of the fixtures and fittings – that could not have been installed due to the recent Sydney lockdown of the construction industry – has been prefabricated off site and is awaiting delivery in the immediate future, Scania Australia confirms. “It’s full speed ahead at Eastern Creek now that lockdown has lifted,” said Lionel Saunders, Scania state manager for NSW and the ACT. The Eastern Creek branch will open with a capable team of…

2 minutos
scania backs zero-emissions mou

SWEDISH commercial vehicles manufacturer Scania has endorsed a first ever global Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on zero-emission trucks and buses. It is a coordinated effort by governments and industry leaders that have agreed to support and work towards the MoU goals and to facilitate net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, it explains. The initiative is driven by nonprofit CALSTART and the government of the Netherlands. “We endorse this global agreement on zero-emission trucks and buses as part of wider efforts to accelerate the shift towards sustainable transport,” said Scania president and CEO Christian Levin. “We will do our part to facilitate scaling of solutions faster and more cost-efficiently, not the least through initiatives that spur the build out of charging infrastructure for heavy vehicles,” he added. ZEB SALES The manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty vehicles that…