What you need to know
There are around 2,600 public transport buses in operation in New Zealand and fewer than 40 of these are active electric buses.
In January 2021, the Government announced it’s committed to decarbonising the public transport bus fleet. By 2025, the Government will only allow zero-emission public transport buses to be purchased. This commitment targets complete decarbonisation of the public transport bus fleet by 2035.
Government announced its commited to decarbonising public transport bus fleet
The Government will support regional councils to achieve it targets through a $50 million fund over 4 years. We plan to engage with the sector on how the $50 million fund is spent, and how barriers to decarbonisation can be overcome in the fastest, most economically efficient way.
Work programme developed on decarbonisation
We asked KPMG and Mott MacDonald to provide research on the options for transitioning away from diesel buses (including potential technologies, potential ownership, procurement and funding approaches).