The introduction of 50 new Victorian built Euro 6 Hybrid buses into the CDC Victoria bus fleet will improve accessibility, support local jobs and reduce the impact on the environment.
The buses, powered by a combination of petrol and electricity, will pick up their first passengers in Wyndham, Oakleigh and Sunshine. The first bus will enter service later this year, with at least 30 more to join them in the next 12 months. All 50 buses will be running by 2022.
The body construction and fit out for the buses will be carried out in Dandenong by Volgren. All 50 buses will feature low floor layouts to improve passenger access and safety and are Euro 6 emission standard, the highest and cleanest level for commercial vehicles worldwide.
The buses are expected to reduce emissions, improve passenger experience and create local jobs. Trials in Victoria found the buses used 30% less fuel, and reduced noise significantly during idling and departing from stops.
CDC Victoria has operated 74 route bus services across the western and eastern suburbs of Melbourne since 2009, as well as in Ballarat and Geelong. With the acquisition of Tullamarine Bus Lines last month, CDC Victoria added 81 route bus services with a fleet close to 500 buses.