Electric Buses will Connect Brisbane Airport’s Terminals until 2022

Electric Buses will Connect Brisbane Airport’s Terminals until 2022 :Brisbane Airport has experienced continued growth in both domestic and international air travel. In the financial year 2007/08, Brisbane Airport handled a total of 17.5 million passengers and some 175,000 aircraft movements. By 2033/34 some 11.7 million passengers are forecast to pass through the International Terminal (T1) annually and around 37 million passengers annually through the Domestic Terminal (T2). By 2034, Brisbane Airport is forecast to be handling around 360,000 annual aircraft movements.

Medium term developments (2019-2024) required to facilitate the forecast airport growth, as outlined in Brisbane Airport Corporation’s 2014 Master Plan, are expected to include a Mass Transit System linking airport sites. The Australian Government approved the 2014 Master Plan on 13 January 2015.

An elevated monorail, expected to be up and running by the mid-2020s, would be able to handle up to 3,200 passengers per hour in both directions, providing a link between T1 and T2 and introducing car parking facilities. The airport’s new Master Plan, due at the end of 2017, could introduce some minor modifications.

Waiting for the monorail, electric buses will transport passengers on the landside between the two terminals, at least until 2022. A fleet of 11 electric buses, supplied and operated by Carbridge, will enter service in February 2018.

Carbridge is an Australian airport bus company with 45 years of experience, operating services at Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore and Sydney airports.

“The new fleet will be super quiet and environmentally clean, having reduced noise pollution and zero tail pipe emissions,” according to Martin Ryan, Brisbane Airport’s Head of Parking & Transport Services. Carbridge and Brisbane Airport Corporation have a relationship that stretches back to 2008.

“Carbridge is proud to partner with Brisbane Airport to deliver world leading bussing technology for the airport and its patrons,” said Carbridge Chief Executive Officer Luke Todd. “The Toro electric buses are powered by BYD battery technology and are built with an aerospace lightweight aluminum bus body.”

Mr. Todd added: “The Carbridge Toro is statistically the world’s best electric bus with a driving range of 600 kilometres on a single charge. The buses use kinetic power regeneration technology to produce charge as the buses decelerate. This advanced technology further reduces battery recharging frequency as power generation is created by the buses whilst in motion.”

Carbridge will continue operating standard airside buses under separate contractual agreements with Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia.

Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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