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Australia's First Electric Bus

80 per cent cheaper to maintain than the diesel buses currently being driven in Australia.

Wave your Opal Card in the air like you just don't care! It's Australia's super-groovy first ever electric bus.

Credit: Swinburne University of Technology

The electric bus will be 80 per cent cheaper to maintain than the diesel buses currently being driven in Australia.

Credit: Swinburne University of Technology

The brains trust behind Australia's first electric bus in full party mode.

Credit: Swinburne University of Technology

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We would not be surprised if respected time-travellers Dr Who and Austin Powers had a hand in the design of Australia's first electric bus - unveilled at the 2015 Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo in Melbourne this week.

It's the first electric bus to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia - and not only will it be will be 80 per cent cheaper to maintain than the diesel buses currently being driven - it looks so Tardis-groovy that we don't know whether to fasten our seatbelts or put on our dance shoes and blow our funky horns in celebration.

The bus, which can carry up to 50 people and run for 200 km before it needs recharging, was the result of a collaberation between BusTech and AutoCRC in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and Malaysian Automotive Institute.

“I’d really like to see the Australian government invest in this technology. For the sake of the environment, as well as the future of manufacturing in Australia,” Professor Ajay Kapoor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, International Research Engagement, said.

For more information please visit the Swinburne University of Technology site >