Featured image: Hydrogen buses which will trial shortly throughout SA. Image courtesy of Adelaide Metro.

Adelaide Metro is racing towards net-zero emissions by 2050, engaging in a range of public transport projects as part of its zero emission transport plan.

The upgrade of all Adelaide Metro buses and bus depots to zero emissions by 2050 is expected to be a huge undertaking. Engaging with a range of operators and experts, such as GHD and Evenergi, the zero emission transport plan created is set to release no greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants into the atmosphere.

One of the many projects that will be implemented includes metro trains on non-electrified rail lines, as the government worked with sustainable energy company, Ricardo Rail, to explore zero emission options for trains that operate on its Belair, Outer Harbor and Grange rail lines, as well as the Port Dock spur line. 

Hybrid rail cars will be another project, with the trial of the state’s first two diesel hybrid railcars set to commence shortly. The system will include excess energy when the train brakes, being recovered and stored in a battery for later use. Hybrid trains are expected to reduce fuel consumption by up to 20 per cent and are more reliable, releasing less fumes than traditional diesel. 

Hydrogen buses will also be trialled by the state bus operator, Torrens Transit, starting the two year trial of two Foton Mobility hydrogen fuel cell buses shortly. The vehicles will rely on a fuel cell to charge the bus battery and also power its electric motor drive. 

A project currently underway includes the testing on the first Scania electric bus, which is expected to board passengers and enter service as part of the trial in August, offering a more comfortable and quiet ride for its passengers. 

Featured image: Hydrogen buses which will trial shortly throughout SA. Image courtesy of Adelaide Metro

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