Tauranga is set to get its first electric bus this August.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council chief executive Fiona McTavish says it’s the first of five electric buses that will be rolled out across the network.
“We are committed to low carbon public transport. Transportation emissions represent the largest emissions sector for Tauranga City.
NZ Bus Chief Executive Zane Fulljames says the electric buses would be built in China by preferred supplier Alexander Dennis, the company that built Auckland city’s first two electric commuter buses.
Confirmation of Tauranga’s first electric bus was made in an announcement on Friday.
Fiona says that Council is still looking forward to having electric buses in Tauranga later this year, but in the meantime there’s plenty of other work to be done to keep improving the Tauranga bus network.
“We will continue to work with our partners – and our community – to ensure that our public transport network is running as efficiently and effectively as possible, as soon as possible.”