TFNSW-ENDORSED ELECTRIC BUS TRIAL ‘EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE’
By: Fabian Cotter, Photography by: Paul Aldridge + courtesy Yutong Australia
*BREAKING: Concluding earlier than the nominated six months, results from a
government-sanctioned trial of a Yutong E12 electric bus on the NSW South
Coast left experts “extremely impressed”, according to a final report
delivered to Transport for NSW, recently.*
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The Yutong E12 electric bus trial provided 'impressive results' even though
the route was perhaps more suited to diesel bus operation.
Having entered service on February 4 and concluding its widely publicised
trial with Nowra-based Premier Transport Group – on behalf of TfNSW as part
of its commitment to a minimum 10 per cent of new government fleet vehicles
being electric or hybrid from 2020/21 – the E12 e-bus left trial organisers
"…extremely impressed with the Yutong electric bus and charging system."
Speaking exclusively to *ABC*magazine after the trial, the Compliance,
Workplace Safety and Contract manager for the Premier Transport Group, Greg
Abel, said: "It was amazing how well a system emerged and how consistent
this remained throughout the trial."
"I had some issues during the trial, but this was with the electricity
supplier and had nothing to do with the bus or charger as such," he
"I was presently pleased with the results considering that I believe the
route trialled was not suited to the electric bus and more suited to diesel
"In very general terms, the bus used approximately 0.97 kWh per km at a
maximum kWh charge of 0.2861 cents per kWh
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Premier Transport Group was the first operator in Australia to trial
Yutong’s new electric bus for an expected six months, as endorsed by the
At the time, prior to the 2019 March State election, then Minister for
Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and then Minister for Roads,
Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced the government’s Electric and
Hybrid Vehicle Plan.
"This commitment means NSW will have the largest government fleet of
electric and hybrid vehicles in Australia," Minister Constance said.
"It sends a clear signal of confidence to electric vehicle manufacturers
and local consumers will also benefit by greater access to a wider choice
of affordable electric vehicles in the future."
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As stated at the time, an important part of the plan was to foster the
development of electric bus services, with a number of trials to begin
led by the private bus industry and government, including a new market
"Electric vehicles are here, they are cheaper to fuel and maintain, but we
need to keep developing the network and charging infrastructure to further
drive their uptake," Minister Constance said.
More recently, industry sources indicated to *ABC* magazine that the E12 is
now, or soon to be, moved to Sydney for another trial in a full city
believed to be Region 6 as operated by Transit Systems.
WHAT WAS INVOLVED
Abel explained exclusively to *ABC* magazine prior to its start that the
electric bus would operate on route 737 between Bomaderry rail and Kiama
station, Monday to Friday.
The route was split directly with a diesel bus, so that Premier could get a
direct comparison. The entire service was 480km per day and each bus was to
do three complete rotations of 240km plus relocation.
The intent of the electric bus trial was to obtain data in regards to all
aspects of operations pertaining to Australian conditions to enable
relevant parties to evaluate and assess numerous issues from cost to future
needs and direction he said.
(in the state of electric transit action!)