Electric buses for Oz fliers
ANYONE who has tried not to breath the tons of diesel fumes spewed out by the passenger buses idling all day long at O.R. Tambo Airport will hope local contractors will soon follow the example set by the Sydney Airport, where Australia’s first electric airport bus is now transporting passengers to their planes.
China’s BYD supplied two of six electric buses to Electric Blu, which is replacing the airport’s existing diesel bus fleet servicing the shuttle route between the T2/T3 terminal precinct and the Blu Emu Car Park.
The fleet of Blu Emu electric buses will deliver carbon emission reductions of approximately 160 tons per year and improve local air quality through zero tailpipe emissions. The fleet will also lower external noise levels, reduce waste fluids to zero and decrease the amount of toxic material generated during servicing.
Electric Blu is a “Toro” model electric bus, created by Carbridge in a joint venture with the world’s leading global electric bus manufacturer BYD. The Electric Blu bus has a carrying capacity of 70 passengers, features purpose-designed luggage storage racks and has a range of 400 km on a single charge. Sydney Airport has invested in charging stations and other ancillary equipment to support the deployment of the new electric bus fleet.
The airport is also currently trialing electric cars as part of its ground transport fleet and investigating solar-powered charging stations to further decrease carbon emissions, while research and development is under way for recycling and reuse of batteries and other components.
The cost of the project, over R72 million may, however mean passengers queueing at the lower terminals of O.R. Tambo will have to continue filtering the buses’ diesel fumes through their lungs for many more years yet. trucks more powerful than any other production diesel truck on the road, with a range of over 1 900 km between fill-ups.
He said 100% emission-free trucks were critical to Nikola Motor’s long-term engineering and environmental efforts, not just in vehicle energy consumption, but also in how energy is produced.
And adding more wonder to the Nikola 1, Milton said the company will make its hydrogen at solar farms that will produce over 100 megawatts each and will use electrolysis to create hydrogen from water. “Even our manufacturing facilities will be run off of zero emission hydrogen energy,” said Milton. He said Nikola plans to build over 50 hydrogen stations by 2020. — WR.
China’s electric bus builder BYD has supplied the first of six electric buses to Sydney airport.