Bustech presented its first XDi bus to Metro Tasmania recently with 99 still to come
Bustech presented its first XDi bus to Metro Tasmania recently.
While the first Bustech bus was driven 1800km, all the way from Queensland, the remaining 99 that have been ordered will be built on the island over the next three years.
The Elphinstone crew assembled the vehicle in Queensland in readiness for Tasmanian production of the remaining 99 buses. In the presence of Metro Tasmania personnel, the first bus successfully passed its initial quality control gate check back in August.
The Tasmanian premier announced the 100-bus contract for Metro Tasmania back in April. Transit Australia Group’s manufacturing arm Bustech revealed the $45 million project is the single biggest investment in public transport in Tasmania’s history. It was also reportedly the first time any state or national government in Australia had procured buses that are entirely made in Australia.
The Metro contract sees Bustech partner with Tasmanian company Elphinstone on the state’s north-west coast to utilise existing capabilities while providing a boost to local manufacturing. The four-year project has created 40 new full-time jobs in Tasmania,