Prime Minister of Tasmania – Zero Emission Bus Trials for Tasmania

May 6, 2022

Michael Ferguson, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport

Guy Barnett, Minister of Energy and Renewables

The wheels are in motion during the Liberal Government of Tasmania’s operational trials of zero-emission buses.

Metro Tasmania is to conduct separate operational trials involving three battery electric buses (BEBs) in Launceston and three hydrogen fuel cell electric buses (FCEBs) in Hobart, for up to three years.

The trials will provide valuable operational experience and data to inform Metro’s longer-term fleet transition to zero-emission buses.

The project is essential to the Government of Tasmania’s goal of net zero emissions by 2030 and supports Metro’s mission to provide modern, efficient and engaging public transport services.

We have allocated $6 million to Metro to conduct the BEB trial and approved up to $12.3 million from Tasmania’s Renewable Hydrogen Industry Development Funding Program to advance the recommendations of an industry activation study, which includes the FCEB trial.

Metro has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest to supply the buses and associated charging and refueling equipment, as well as specialist maintenance services.

The expression of interest period will end on May 30, 2022. Shortlisted suppliers will then be invited to participate in a tendering process for supply contracts.

Potential vendors are encouraged to view Expression of Interest documents on Metro’s TenderLink web portal https://illion.tenderlink.com/

The move follows the Australian government’s announcement last week of up to $70 million to help establish Bell Bay as a national green hydrogen hub.

This investment will have matching support from the Liberal Government of Tasmania working with our GBEs and departments, with developers paying their fair share of infrastructure costs.

Tasmania can play a key role in the national and international transition to green energy, while providing new jobs and investment to the state.

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