Decarbonisation of New Zealand public transport fleets: Alexander Dennis Limited welcomes the announcement by the New Zealand Government of NZD50 million funding (nearly 30 million euros) to help councils fully decarbonise their public transport bus fleet by 2035. ADL is to build zero emission buses in New Zealand in cooperation with local partner Kiwi Bus Builders, as announced in November 2020.

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New Zealand to decarbonise public transport fleets

The funding to be given to councils for the procurement of zero emission buses is part of a series of measures intended to help meet New Zealand’s 2050 carbon neutral target that have been announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Transport Minister Michael Wood, ADL points out in a press release. By decarbonising the bus fleet, the country aims to prevent up to 4.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

ADL (part of NFI Group) recently announced that it will assemble zero emission buses locally in New Zealand, renewing a partnership with local manufacturer Kiwi Bus Builders.

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ADL – Kiwi: electric buses in New Zealand

ADL’s electric buses for New Zealand are part of the BYD ADL Enviro200EV range using latest BYD iron phosphate battery and driveline technology. In addition to two-axle models, the partners will produce 12.6m long, three-axle electric buses, which ADL has designed for the specific requirements of bus operation in New Zealand by carrying 78 passengers without the requirement of an overweight permit.

Richard Drummond, Managing Director of Kiwi Bus Builders, said: “We are primed to kick start the partnership, we have already started the process to create apprenticeships, creating jobs and supporting jobs that have been lost due to the coronavirus. This is in line with the New Zealand Government’s plan to build the economy back stronger.”


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