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Tranzit: Electrifying Public Transport – Part One
Tranzit has been at the forefront of bus electrification in New Zealand since 2014.
“Our company has been around for almost 100-years, and I want to make sure it is around for my grandkids, so choosing a sustainable future for our bus fleet is very important to me,” says Managing Director Paul Snelgrove.
The family-owned and operated transport and tourism company, successfully partnered with Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to submit a joint application to the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund. This led to the development and build of New Zealand’s first commercially operated 100 per cent battery-powered electric bus in 2017. Called EV1, it now shuttles AUT students between their North-City and South-City Campuses.
Today, Tranzit operates 11 more EV buses – 10 double deck electric buses (EVDD) in Wellington as part of the Metlink public transport network as well as one single deck EV bus in Palmerston North. Tranzit will also incrementally add a further 31 EVDDs to the Wellington network over the next few years.
It’s current fleet of EVDDs operated by Tranzurban, part of The Tranzit Group, in Wellington travel more than 2,000km a day saving about 1,300 litres of diesel and 3.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions daily. They can be charged at the country’s fastest 450kW charger located in Island Bay or at Tranzit’s Rongotai depot which offers a combined capacity of 300kw or at Tranzit’s Grenada depot which has a combined capacity of 1080kw. Soon, they will be able to be charged on another 450kW charger installed at the Wellington Interchange. Amazingly, on the fast charger, buses can be charged from 20 per cent to fully charged in only 12-15 minutes! More importantly, they offer a smooth and quiet journey for passengers and our drivers.
Tranzit also sets itself apart from other bus operators by helping to build New Zealand’s electric bus capability, working with Tauranga’s Kiwi Bus Builders to build the buses using parts sourced from New Zealand as well as from leading global suppliers in China and Europe.
Electrifying buses has both environmental and social benefits, but also helps Regional Councils, Tranzit’s customers, decrease their region’s carbon emissions and align with new Government policy.
In 2020 Tranzurban Wellington was recognised for its commitment to electric bus technology when it won the Green Gold Award at the 2020 Wellington Gold Awards, an annual celebration of the Capital City’s business community. Well done team!
– You can read more about this in our Tranzit: Electrifying Public Transport – Part Two.
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Wings over Wairarapa 2021
Tranzit are logistics experts
Transporting 5000 primary and secondary school students from multiple locations across the Wairarapa to Hood Aerodrome in Masterton and back in one day seems like a daunting task. But for Tranzit Coachlines Wairarapa, exceptional planning and great communication ensured a seamless execution on the day.
In February 2021, Tranzit transported students aged 5 years to 16 years from all around the Wairarapa to attend the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Schools’ Day, which was part of the biennial Wings Over Wairarapa Air Festival. Having used learnings from the 2019 air show, Tranzit began planning using their in house logistics experts and provided an onsite control centre that coordinated all 110 bus movements each way as well as oversaw a full team of over 30 drivers.
In addition, the wider Tranzit Group team, including members of the finance, payroll and marketing teams, volunteered their time to help load and unload passengers. Superior internal and external communications helped ensure everyone involved knew what was happening and when, while a special surprise and delight element saw Greytown Primary School’s senior school collected in an electric double deck bus and taken to the aerodrome.
After a busy day on site, made even more exciting with the air display overhead, all passengers were carefully loaded onto the buses which were offsite by 2.57pm – three minutes earlier than the promised final departure time.
The result saw tired, happy and inspired students, teachers and parents all safely delivered home while Tranzit’s Wings Over Wairarapa partners were thrilled with the outcome. Tranzit received much positive feedback on our ability to deliver and on our customer service.
Graham Brown, Deputy Principal of Gladstone Primary School wrote:
Dear Jenna, Trudy and your teams
Just a quick note to say how appreciative we are for all your organisation for the Wings Over Wairarapa this year. The buses organisation was amazing and I would like you to pass on to whoever else needs to hear it as I was, and so were many others, impressed with how smoothly it ran.
Thanks again for a great event, as in the end it's our students that benefit from all the hard work you guys put in to produce a fun day for them.