Queensland’s first fully electric urban bus route starts at Yarrabilba

Yarrabilba and Logan Coaches are leading the charge with the launch of a Queensland-first electric urban bus service today, marking a new era in public transport for the state.

The groundbreaking new Logan Coaches service, the first timetabled, fully electric bus service in Queensland, reflects Lendlease’s commitment to environmental initiatives at Yarrabilba, a leader in sustainable master planned communities.

The Yutong-manufactured bus was unveiled at the Yarrabilba Sales & Information Centre today, providing guests with a first ride in the fully airconditioned 40-seater, which will begin official duties tomorrow.

It features 12 batteries, with overnight charging delivering a driving range of up to 380 noise-free kilometres. The vehicle’s zero emissions and ultra-quiet, smoother operation brings a new dimension to the heavy vehicle industry.

The bus will operate on a Logan Coaches continuous loop from all Yarrabilba stops along Yarrabilba Drive to Loganlea, Logan Hyperdome and as far as Beenleigh, from 6.15am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5.30pm on Saturday.

Yarrabilba is a vibrant master planned community that has achieved a 6 Star Green Star - Communities rating, the highest grading for sustainable developments in Australia.

Among other initiatives, Yarrabilba is also the first master planned community in Australia to install fast electric vehicle chargers. The Tritium Veefil fast chargers – a technology that reduces charge time from eight hours to just 30 minutes.

Lendlease Development Director, Michelle Wooldridge said, “today our community is taking a significant step forward into the future and we anticipate this initiative will resonate very well with families and commuters of Yarrabilba.’’
Key facts: 

  • The fully battery-powered bus can carry 40 seated passengers and 20 standing and has a driving range of between 350 and 380 kilometres.  
  • Several USB ports have been fitted to allow passengers to charge electronic devices.
  • The bus is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible with a middle door for additional access.
  • Internal and external cameras have been fitted for safety purposes.
  • A port at the front of the bus connects to a charging station similar in appearance to a petrol bowser. One charge is sufficient for the vehicle’s 12 batteries to deliver a full day of driving.
  • The absence of a transmission ensures a smooth ride through all speeds. Under braking, the Yutong bus also delivers a small amount of charge to regenerate the batteries.