30 Aug '15, 9pm

Perth has dumped its hybrid bus trial; too expensive. Replacing with diesels.

Volvo Euro 6’s to roll-out in Perth CBD after 18-month electric-diesel trial fails to impress Perth's core CBD bus fleet of 32 vehicles will be replaced with Volvo Euro 6 diesels at a cost of $18.2million, after electric-diesel hybrids were deemed too expensive. The decision comes after Transperth trialled a diesel-electric hybrid bus as an option to replace its aging fleet – which will now be gradually decommissioned over the next three years – with the first Euro 6 city bus to arrive next year. Western Australia transport minister Dean Nalder says the 18-month trial thoroughly assessed the on-road handling, maintenance requirements and the economic cost of diesel-electric technology. "A lack of quickly available parts, the need to re-train staff for the new technology and the fact that the cleanest diesel bus in the world is already available and tested in this market wa...

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