December 11, 2023

EnergyAustralia today announced an agreement with Tropic Wings, North Queensland’s largest tours and charter bus operator, to provide the electrification infrastructure Tropic Wings’ multi-depot electric bus charging network.

EnergyAustralia - Tropic Wings Electrification Project - Key Features

  • The Tropic Wings project will see the replacement of 12 diesel buses with electric ones, each with its own customised charger.
  • EnergyAustralia will deliver the electrification infrastructure to be located in Cairns and oversee the project’s execution, which is set to be completed by mid-2024.  EnergyAustralia will also provide ongoing maintenance and repair services.
  • The infrastructure delivered by EnergyAustralia will be scalable to accommodate Tropic Wings' future fleet requirements.
  • The total project cost is estimated at $10.2 million, with $4.75 million in funding support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
  • Other project partners including Nilsen (engineering), NDY (design), Babinda Electrics (low-voltage work), and Planet Ark Power (battery solutions and Elexsys software for solar and grid management.

Jack Kotlyar, Head of Green Transport at EnergyAustralia, said, “The project is a significant step towards sustainable transport in North Queensland, and sets a new standard for the electrification of heavy vehicles.

“The project showcases the feasibility of large-scale EV transitions and showcases a commitment by Tropic Wings and EnergyAustralia to eco-friendly advancements in the transport sector.” 

Tropic Wings’ Director Michael Woodward said, "Transitioning to electric buses not only supports global green initiatives but enhances the travel experience for our passengers aligning seamlessly with our customer’s interest in green tourism.

“A standout feature of the project is the islanding capability for uninterrupted power supply during grid outages. This is crucial in a region prone to disruptions.” 

“Electric buses' lower emissions benefit the local environment and the broader tourism sector, reducing the environmental impact and providing a cleaner atmosphere for visitors.”

For media information, contact: Jacinta Smith