The first of four environmentally efficient buses funded by a $2 million Northern Economic Plan grant is set to be unveiled for use as part of a citywide trial on Adelaide’s main public transport network.

The four buses are being manufactured in northern Adelaide, with the first two low carbon emission diesel buses built with a low-weight flexible architecture technology. In March, the company will use the grant to produce the first Australian designed, engineered and manufactured electric buses.

The success of this advanced manufacturing project has now led to an agreement for an additional 50 low carbon emission diesel buses to be manufactured for supply interstate, creating significant opportunities for northern Adelaide suppliers and workers.

The bus build has created jobs for 29 workers in various engineering and operational roles. As the business continues to grow there is potential for the creation of a further 50 jobs. On the supply side, the alliance has already engaged with over 20 local suppliers.

Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher said the agreement to manufacture an additional 50 low carbon emission diesel buses in northern Adelaide is great news for local automotive suppliers as it creates opportunities across other areas of advanced manufacturing.

“The fact that the first ever wholly Australian designed, engineered and manufactured electric buses will roll off the production line later this month right here in northern Adelaide is further evidence of the state’s advanced manufacturing expertise.”

Precision Components Director Mat Fitch said the success of this project is a testament to both the capabilities of resources in the state and the focus on advanced manufacturing opportunities.

“The alliance is committed to maximising the use of local materials and suppliers across the manufacturing process to provide the most benefit to the Northern-Adelaide community.”

Transit Australia Group Chief Commercial Officer Damien Brown said, “the success of the project to date has led to the agreement for an additional 50 buses to be manufactured in northern Adelaide, which we are hopeful will lead to an e-mobility industry hub in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.”

A strategic alliance comprised of Precision Components and Bustech, which is part of the Transit Australia Group, has seen the collaboration in the design, engineering and manufacturing of the buses. The alliance is being provided with specialist engineering, manufacturing and supply chain development support by ZF Lemforder Australia.

The trial will provide the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure with information about how electric and low carbon emission buses might be used as part of Adelaide’s main public transport network.

The second low carbon emission diesel bus for trial will be completed in the coming weeks, while two electric buses are due for completion at the end of March with trials to follow soon after. The 50 additional buses are currently in build and will see both manufacturing operations and the supply chain developed over the next 12 months.

The twenty-nine Adelaide-based workers engaged in this project, comprise a diverse team encapsulating specific skill sets from both automotive manufacturing and service industries.

The Northern Economic Plan is a blueprint for a prosperous northern Adelaide, focused on creating jobs and empowering local communities. The Plan has been developed by the State Government in partnership with the Port Adelaide Enfield, Salisbury, and Playford Councils, along with industries, businesses, and the community.

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