New green machines

How are we tracking?

Wheels are in full motion for the delivery of our 108 new electric buses, and we aim to get there by December 2023!

We're more than halfway there! In June 2022, of the 445 buses in Metlink's total fleet in and around the Wellington Region, 61 are electric vehicles (making up 14% of the fleet).

Keep an eye on our progress:

  • From July 2018, Tranzurban has been operating 10 electric double decker buses mainly on Route 1
  • September 2021, 25 single deck electric buses were added to Route 2 on the Metlink bus network by NZ Bus
  • February 2022, Route 2 is the first route to be fully electric
  • April 2022, 16 single deck electric buses were added on the Metlink bus network by NZ Bus.
  • May 2022, Tranzurban’s 21 electric buses are operating on Route 1 and some trips on Routes 7, 23 and 32x
  • June 2022, 10 single deck electric buses were added on the Metlink bus network by NZ Bus. Metlink now have a total of 72 electric buses in operation.
  • By July 2022, Metlink will have a total of 71 electric buses in operation. 51 electric single deckers (NZ Bus) & 20 electric double decker buses (Tranzurban).

EV facts and figures.

Electric single deck:

  • The new buses are 3-Axle, 75 passenger battery electric buses
  • The model is eT12-max: ‘e’ for electric, ‘T’ for twin rear axle, 12 for 12 meter base chassis length, and ‘max’ representing the extended range
  • A fully depleted battery will take approximately 5 ½ hours to charge
  • The buses can operate through the day and are slow charged at night, or vice versa
  • Full climate air conditioning is fitted in these vehicles
  • Bike racks are fitted on each vehicle
  • These buses are the first to provide 2 wheel chair positions opposite each other at the front of the bus

Electric double decker:

  • The new buses are 2-Axle, 90 passenger battery electric buses
  • The model is UT200RHDF. Buses are 10.5 meter long (22% less than a standard large bus)
  • The buses can operate through the day using a fast charging system. Currently we have an operational fast charger at Reef Street, Island Bay with another to be installed at Lambton Interchange in early 2022.
  • A 7 to 10 minute Fast Charge time provides around 3 hours operation with additional depot slow charging between duties
  • Bike racks are fitted on each vehicle
  • A 1080kW charger will be installed at the Grenada bus depot in late 2021/early 2022
  • A 450kW charger will be installed at Lambton Interchange early 2022

More about the strategic priorities.

The Council has adopted the Greater Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) 2021-2031, which is a blueprint for mobilising greener, more sustainable and more customer friendly public transport in the region.

The RPTP’s core priorities are contributing to the regional target of a 40% increase in active and public transport ‘mode share’ by 2030, the decarbonisation of the public transport fleet by 2030 including all electric buses on core services, and continuing to improve customer experience across all aspects of the network, including integrated fares and ticketing, advanced electronic information and Total Mobility Service provision.

One of the key performance measures for these targets is the contribution to a 30% reduction in regional transport-generated carbon emissions by 2030.

The mode share of active travel and public transport target is set at a level to reflect aspirations for good, affordable and healthy travel choices as well as the reduction in emissions.

Media release - 10 February 2022

Media release - 24 August 2021(external link)

Last published: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 10:10 AM