As a leading global transport company, we are committed to exploring new technology, and are proud to deliver more sustainable public transport solutions. Public transport works best as a dynamic network – connecting people from A – B via the most convenient method for them - we’ll continue to invest in new technologies and ideas to ensure we are delivering the most effective service.
How do ELECTRIC buses work?
Electric Bus Trial Sydney
The Electric Bus Trial, run by Transit Systems in Sydney’s inner west, will measure the benefits of fuel and maintenance cost savings, cleaner and quieter bus services and reduced emissions as well as monitoring customer comfort.
Electric buses are in use in different locations around the world and trials like this one will help us to understand how these vehicles perform in local conditions, giving us better insight into how this technology could be developed and implemented in the future.
Where will the Electric buses operate?
The electric buses will operate predominantly on routes 431, 433, 447 and 470. These routes were chosen due to their close proximity to Leichhardt Depot so we can closely monitor the buses and their performance in Sydney’s operating conditions.
Route 431 – Glebe Point to City (Martin Place)
Route 433 – Balmain to Railway Square
Route 447 – Lilyfield to Leichhardt Marketplace (loop service)
Route 470 – Lilyfield to City (Martin Place)
How many vehicles?
4 Electric buses
The electric buses are manufactured by BYD-Gemilang and meet all of the Australian Design Rules (ADR).
The buses meet the TfNSW standard specification for new buses and are wheelchair accessible with capacity for 35 seated customers and 27 standing, air conditioned and able to travel around 350km on a full charge, which takes between 5 to 8 hours.
Where were the buses built?
The chassis are designed and built in China by BYD and are used around the world. The body is designed and provided by Gemilang Australia with construction taking place in the manufacturer’s Malaysian bus body building facility. Gemilang Australia is planning to build future Electric Buses in Australia.
Fire Suppression Systems
All buses will have specially designed Fire Suppression Systems designed to protect customers in event of a fire. The system is fitted to the battery packs located on the bus roof and at the rear of the bus, in addition tyre pressure monitoring and temperature sensors at the rear wheels are fitted.
The total battery capacity on the vehicle is 328kW. The vehicle uses around 80kW per hour, however the vehicle also regenerates approximately 30-40% of its battery capacity through braking, depending on traffic conditions.
Extensive classroom and practical training is provided to engineering personnel, as well as driving tuition. It is imperative that drivers are trained to operate the buses in a completely different manner to diesel buses in order to make best use of the regeneration mode which will increase range. When driven correctly this should also increase the time between servicing the brakes as the pads will not have as much wear on them due to the motors slowing the bus and regenerating the batteries.
Remote monitoring of buses
With ViriCity installed inside our Electric Vehicles, we can remotely see real-time data and historical data to assist in all aspects of our electric bus operation. Real-time data will improve reliability of our operation and punctuality of our services. Historical data shows efficiency of vehicles, routes and driver behaviour to optimise our planning.