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Brisbane to introduce Australia's largest fleet of electric buses

Brisbane Airport (BNE) is to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable development by rolling out Australia's biggest fleet of electric buses.

The Queenland gateway will boast 11 electric buses, joining Sydney Airport in utilising the new more environmentally friendly vehicles.

Carbridge, an Australian-headquartered world leader in aviation passenger ground transport, has been awarded the more than $5 million per year contract to exclusively build, operate and maintain all aspects of the Brisbane Airport bus fleet following a competitive tender process.

The five year contract will commence on 1 July 2017 with the new electric bus fleet coming into full operation in February 2018.

Martin Ryan, head of parking and transport services at Brisbane Airport, says: “The roll out of electric buses for our landside transport needs reinforces BAC’s ongoing commitment to a cleaner, greener environment and improved passenger experience.
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“The new fleet will be super quiet and environmentally clean, having reduced noise pollution and zero tail pipe emissions.

“In fact, swapping out our current fleet for electric buses will result in a reduction of 250 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, equivalent to taking 100 cars off the road."

Passenger comfort and functionality have not been forgotten with tailored interiors designed specifically for travellers, including plenty of luggage racks, plus three full size double doors making boarding and disembarking more efficient.

“Technology and innovation is also interwoven into the vehicles, with GPS next stop announcements, driver monitoring and real time tracking data, meaning issues can be immediately identified and responded to in real time,” adds Ryan.

Luke Todd, Carbridge CEO, says: “The Carbridge Toro is statistically the world’s best electric bus with a driving range of 600 kilometres on a single charge.
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"The buses use kinetic power regeneration technology to produce charge as the buses decelerate. This advanced technology further reduces battery recharging frequency as power generation is created by the buses whilst in motion."

Carbridge is one of Australasia’s leading airport service providers delivering a range of airport infrastructure services including transport, luggage trolley management and passenger facilitation services across multiple airports.

The roll out of Electric Buses is for landside transport operations only at this time.

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