ADL has announced it will supply an additional two Enviro200EV vehicles to Fullers360 subsidiary Waiheke Bus Company in Auckland before Christmas, allowing half of all buses on the island to be converted to zero emission operation.
The Auckland Transport Waiheke Island bus network connects communities with Fullers360’s frequent ferries to the mainland.
At a launch event, attended by the Mayor of Auckland and the British Consul General in Auckland, ADL also announced its renewed partnership with local manufacturer Kiwi Bus Builders.
This will now include the assembly of electric buses, which for the New Zealand market had until now taken place overseas.
Tony Moore, ADL’s general manager for New Zealand, said: “We have been a major supplier to New Zealand for almost 10 years and during this time have already supplied 500 vehicles with the help of our friends at Kiwi Bus Builders.
“As Auckland Transport and other transport authorities prepare to move to a zero emission fleet, we are renewing this partnership in a clear sign of our support for New Zealand jobs and our commitment to this market.”
Kiwi Bus Builders managing director Richard Drummond said: “The Enviro200 range of electric buses are not only designed for our local requirements here in New Zealand, but are also built in this country.”
“With investment in updated build techniques, we will be able to scale up our production to meet demand from Auckland and elsewhere.”