The Adelaide public transport network has received its first 100 per cent Battery Electric Bus (BEB), meaning passengers can enjoy a smoother, quieter and cleaner ride. 

The Scania electric bus is the latest zero emission vehicle to join Adelaide Metro’s fleet, as the State Government pushes towards a greener future for public transport.

After a successful testing period, the bus was officially handed over from Scania Australia to the South Australian Government.

The body construction and fit-out for the new bus was carried out by South Australian company BusTech, supporting local jobs and industry.

The bus is fitted with 333kWh of lithium phosphate batteries, which can be fully charged in as little as 90 minutes, providing 260km of travel range on a single charge.

As well as being better for the environment, full battery electric buses offer more comfort to passengers, reducing noise and fuel-based pollution.

The bus will be based at the Mile End depot where a charging station has been installed.

To support the uptake of electric vehicles, an additional nine full battery electric buses are on order. This compliments the 24 electric hybrid buses which are currently operating across the Adelaide Metro network, with all future bus orders to target electric hybrid or full electric vehicles.

Featured image: The Battery Electric Bus. Image credit: Adelaide Metro.

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