Infrastructure to support transition to electric bus fleet

The ACT Government is continuing the transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future, by building the infrastructure Canberra needs to power a zero emissions public transport fleet.

The Government has engaged Evo Energy to undertake critical electrical infrastructure works to supply the Woden and Tuggeranong bus depots with the energy required to house and charge up to 300 battery electric buses.

Further work continues to be undertaken in consultation with Evoenergy to deliver essential infrastructure upgrades to the distribution network. This will support the ACT Government in transitioning to a zero-emission public transport system by 2040.

With the first of Canberra’s 12 electric buses now on the road, this announcement locks in the supporting electrical infrastructure required to operate the future 90 electric buses currently under procurement.

The Government is also progressing internal electric works at the Tuggeranong and Belconnen Bus Depots to increase electrical capacity to enable more flexible charging arrangements in the short term.

The installation of these high voltage cables, which will span 11.9 kilometres will be ready to support the new Woden Bus Depot with capacity to charge up to 100 buses and upgrade Tuggeranong depot to charge up to 200 buses.

This work involves augmentation of Evoenergy’s electrical distribution network by connecting two bus depots, via two new 11 kV dedicated underground feeders from Evoenergy’s Wanniassa Zone substation, to help manage maximum demand of up to 12.2MVA at Tuggeranong and 5.1MVA at Woden.

$26.3 million over three financial years will be invested to complete these critical electrical infrastructure works and will ultimately provide the depots with the energy required to charge and operate up to 300 battery electric buses.

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