Local business to help build next generation of Transperth buses
The next generation of Transperth buses will hit local streets later this year, after the Public Transport Authority entered into a new contract to deliver 900 new buses over the next decade.
The $549 million contract has been awarded to Volvo Australia which will use Malaga-based company, Volgren to fit-out the new fleet of buses.
The new buses will replace those reaching the end of their useful life, and to expand the fleet as METRONET projects come on-line.
The modern, aluminium, low-floor diesel buses will have USB charging points, meet Euro6 emissions standards and will be fully accessible.
Volvo also outlined its potential to supply alternate technologies - including hybrid and full electric buses, which may be considered for trial in the future if such technologies are considered viable for Perth.
In partnership with local manufacturer Volgren, Volvo will deliver eight new buses a month for the next decade under the milestone agreement.
The bus chassis will be built at Volvo's headquarters in Sweden, before being delivered to Volgren. The local manufacturer will then build the bus body and fit-out the vehicles to be ready for service.
The contract secures the jobs of 81 local Volgren employees, and a further 80 throughout the local supply chain. Under the new contract, Volgren also plan on increasing local fabrication and securing a local sub component manufacturer.