From June of next year, Melbourne’s buses will be electrifying. Victoria’s Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll announced this weekend that Kinetic has been awarded a $ 2.3 billion contract to operate and then electrify the Metropolitan Bus Franchise, which operates about a third of public bus services from the city.

Kinetic will deliver five fully electric buses to the grid by the middle of next year, with that number rising to 36 electric buses by mid-2025. By 2031, at the end of the contract, 341 of the 537 buses in the Metropolitan Bus Franchise fleet are expected to be low-emission or zero-emission vehicles.

The new buses are said to come from the manufacturing plant of bus maker Volgren in Dandenong, south-east Melbourne.

Kinetic is also working with the Queensland government to introduce electric buses to Cairns and the Gold Coast. It already operates electric fleets in New Zealand and plans to electrify the airside and city-side shuttles at Adelaide Airport.

It is not clear if Kinetic is considering other technologies like hydrogen buses – which are highly feasible for neighboring New South Wales, although clarification has been sought.

Kinetic will take over the bus contract from Transdev, which currently operates the Melbourne fleet.

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