Custom Denning has been awarded the Metro Tasmania contract to supply three Element 2 battery electric buses for trial in Launceston, which are expected to be in operation by the end of 2023.
The new buses will operate from Metro Tasmania’s Launceston Depot and will go into service using existing routes on the trial. The project is funded by the Tasmanian Government, as the state looks to transition its fleet to zero-emission buses enabling Tasmania to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.
“We are very excited to supply MetroTas with our brand-new Element 2 model and re-introduce the Custom Denning product back to Tasmania” said Scott Dunn, Managing Director at Custom Denning.
The Element 2 is proudly Australian Made and is an evolution of the Element model which is currently in operation in New South Wales and Victoria. The brand-new Element 2 model comprises of a locally manufactured chassis with a ZF CeTrax drive motor and lithium-ion batteries.
Custom Denning has joined forces with Launceston business Cromarty for this contract. Cromarty will be responsible for the installation and setup of the charging infrastructure at the Launceston Depot.
Cromarty’s Managing Director Richard Grant states that, “being a local Tasmanian business and with the depot only meters from our Launceston office we look forward to seeing the buses pass our office and know that together with Custom Denning and Metro we are part of a team making a positive impact on our environment”.