Exciting news - electric hybrid buses will be available in New Zealand by the end of this year!
NZ Bus, who own the Wellington trolley buses, have just signed a $43 million deal to convert "a significant number" of its Auckland and Wellington buses to electric battery hybrid motors. 
The Wellington trolley buses will be the first to receive this upgrade, with the retrofit to begin later this year.
However - there is no guarantee that these buses will end up in Wellington. "Where these buses end up, that will be a matter for discussion with the local authorities. They really have to decide whether they want to move away from the dirty diesels." said NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames.
NZ Bus has put in a tender for Wellington bus contracts, but the Regional Council needs to accept their tender for these buses to stay in Wellington. We've shown the Council that Wellingtonians don't want diesel buses- and this is the perfect chance for the Council to do just that.
We need to keep up the pressure to make sure the Council takes advantage of this amazing opportunity for clean transport!
Email the Wellington Regional Council now using the form on the right.
NZ Bus have shown the necessary leadership by investing in battery buses. "I don't think I will ever buy another diesel bus," says their CEO Mr Fulljames. They are showing that battery electric buses are not just the way of the future but the way of the present.
The buses will be refitted with electric drivetrains from American firm Wrightspeed. These motors can be retrofitted onto existing buses and operate mostly on rechargeable electric batteries, topped up with a small fuel-powered motor if need be, the latter of which will become unnecessary as battery technology improves.