Hydrogen buses roll out in the west


Two Australian-made and designed hydrogen buses will be rolled out across Melbourne’s west, including Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay, as the transition to a cleaner and more sustainable bus fleet ramps up.

The Transit Systems West Footscray bus depot, which will run the two hydrogen buses to service routes across Sunshine, Footscray, Williamstown and Moonee Ponds.

The two Victorian-first hydrogen new buses form part of a trial in which six operators – including Transit – are rolling out 52 zero emissions buses, alongside the two hydrogen vehicles, across the state.

Data from the trial will provide practical information on how the zero emission buses perform, assessing things like how much energy they use and what is required to charge them for different route patterns.

From 2025 onwards, all new buses purchased for Victoria’s public transport system will be zero emissions – this trial will provide valuable data on the transition of 4,000 diesel buses, including 2,200 in regional Victoria.

Public and Active Transport Minister Gabrielle Williams said tackling emissions on Victoria’s public transport network is a key part of the state meeting its net zero emissions target.

“This is an exciting next step in our journey towards a cleaner bus fleet in Victoria as we get on with transforming the state’s public transport network, delivering more services and slashing emissions,” she said.