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21 August 2018

EECA grant to convert 50 former trolley buses to electric

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) will provide a $763,000 grant to Wellington, New Zealand, to convert 50 former trolley buses to battery power. The initiative supports the Greater Regional Wellington Council's ambition to run a fully electric fleet on its Metlink service.

EECA is a government agency which works to improve the energy efficiency of New Zealand's homes and businesses.

Bus operator NZ Bus will install fast-charging stations for its former trolley buses at depots in the city's Karori and Kilbirnie suburbs.

The converted trolley electric buses are expected to be operational in January 2019.

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