"Australia’s largest electrified bus depot has powered up in Leichhardt, in
Sydney’s inner west. Now with 55 electric buses, a rooftop solar array, onsite
battery and charging infrastructure, the new depot is considered a blueprint
for what electrified public transport could be.
The depot, operated by Transit Systems and partners Zenobē Energy and
TransGrid, cost an estimated $36 million, and has shown that electric bus
fleets require less charging than was forecast.
“With regenerative braking, the buses often come back to the depot with a
significant amount of charge still available – this is obviously fantastic as
it reduces the load on the recharging infrastructure,” said Transit Systems COO
“It also means less downtime for the buses and we can adopt changes within our
network planning to maximise route and energy efficiencies.”
The depot includes a 388 kW rooftop solar array and a 1.25 MW/2.5 MWh Tesla
battery. It has five 120 kW DC fast chargers and 31 AC 80 kW chargers, and
smart charging software to monitor charging rates, solar consumption, battery
discharge and electricity flows.
“This is by far Australia’s largest electrified depot and paves the way for
Transport for NSW to reach their target and electrify all 8,000 buses across
the network, using the latest technology,” Balkin said."
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