Neww Zealand’s biggest urban bus company will soon be running its vehicles on electric engines after signing a deal with Wrightspeed – a company founded by Ian Wright – a Kiwi and co-founder of Tesla.
NZBus runs more than 1,000 buses across New Zealand, carrying more than 50m passengers each year.
The US$30m deal will result in a ‘significant number’ of those buses having their combustion motors removed and replaced with two powerful electric motors – a battery pack and a gas turbine generator that will charge the batteries when needed.
Wrightspeed previously retrofitted garbage trucks and FedEx delivery vans with similar technology in the US.
But the New Zealand deal is the first move for the company outside the US and the first roll-out of the technology for public transport.
Fulljames said the first converted buses should be on the road by October.