More than 50 new electric buses will be rolled out across Sydney over the next year, as the government transitions the state's fleet to zero emissions technology.
Following an 18 month trial of the buses in Sydney's inner west, the first new permanent electric buses are expected to hit the road by the end of March.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance hopes all 8000 buses in the state's fleet will be replaced by electric versions within a decade, in an effort to tackle climate change.
"I am excited to see us one step closer to our vision of creating a greener, cleaner and healthier future for the people of NSW, with more people now able to enjoy our electric bus fleet right across Sydney," he said on Wednesday.
The buses have been ordered from a range of manufacturers and will be rolled out by several operators, including the Interline, Transdev and Transit Systems.
"There are a lot more zero emission buses to come and we're delighted that local manufacturers like Bustech and Custom Buses are getting into the game," Transport for NSW's Elizabeth Mildwater said.
"Once they and other manufacturers are ready, our operators will have more choices to buy locally."
Australian Associated Press