Bus 490 at Erindale Bus Station

Bus 490 was a Yutong “E12” ZK6131HG1 plug-in electric bus which operated in Canberra between March 2020 and January 2021.

Canberra-based company Electromotiv leased the bus and charging equipment to Transport Canberra for a 12 month trial, with the option to extend the lease or buy outright.

The Yutong bus as supplied was built in Zhengzhou, China. It seated 40 with standing capacity of 17. Its battery capacity is 374kWh using four Lithium-ion battery packs and it reportedly has a maximum range of 400km on a full charge, although the bus configuration can be modified to add or remove battery packs.

Bus 490 was withdrawn from service in January 2021.

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Wheel Base:6,000mm
Overhang Front/Rear:2,740mm/3,430mm
Track Front/Rear:2,105mm/1,838mm
Gross Vehicle Mass (max permissible):18,000kg
Engine ArrangementSingle Rear mounted
Drive Motor ModelYTM280-CV9-H
Rate Output:215Kw continuous 350kw peak
Rated Torque:1200Nm
Battery Capacity:374Kwh

Further details:

  • Bus 490 on ACT Bus Gallery
  • Bus 490 on ACT Bus Fleetwiki
  • Media Release – “Electric bus to join Transport Canberra fleet” (ACT Government, 11 Nov 2019)

This page was last updated on 28 May 2022