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Electric buses on track to start Joondalup CAT trial in January

Perth's first battery-electric CAT buses are due to start rolling through Joondalup in January next year.

The first of four electric buses ordered by the McGowan Government has been constructed, with the second currently being built.

The two buses will begin on-road testing by October, in anticipation of the trial commencing in January.

In addition to the Joondalup CAT network, it is anticipated that these buses will also service some northern suburban routes.

Modifications to the Joondalup bus depot, which include changes to the parking layout, maintenance facility and high-voltage EV charging system installation, are about 75 per cent complete.

Four trial vehicles will be supplied to the Public Transport Authority by Volvo through their existing bus supply agreement.

Volvo currently holds a $549 million contract to deliver 900 new buses between 2019 and 2029, including the potential to deliver electric vehicles in future if the trial is a success.

The manufacture of the first two buses is being undertaken in Melbourne, with the first bus being expected to be received by October.

The State Government expects, all things going well, Volvo's partnership with Malaga-based manufacturer Volgren will allow for future electric buses to be fitted out locally.

The partnership with Volgren and Volvo also ensures that the buses put on our networks are reliable and are proven performers in our conditions over a period of time.

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