Passengers aboard the TCE12 will enjoy a quieter and smoother ride.
Mahu City Express will celebrate the arrival of its new electric luxury coach at a launch event later this month.
The TCE12 will transport passengers using the Mahu Express daily Snells Beach to Auckland bus service. If all goes to plan, the coach will enter service on March 1.
It’s believed the TCE12 is New Zealand’s first zero-emission luxury coach.
Mahu City Express director Julian Ostling says Transport Minister Michael Wood has tentatively accepted an invite to the launch event and there will also be representatives from the coach distributor
JW Group and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), which helped fund the purchase of the coach.
The coach, which is currently being sign-written, will also be there.
Julian says the launch event will be a good opportunity to thank all those who made procurement of the TCE12 possible.
The coach can be configured for up to 50 seats, but Mr Ostling says Mahu Express has gone for just 40 seats to give passengers more leg room.
“The coach is going to be a lot quieter and smoother, and passengers will have the comfort of knowing they are not putting a single molecule of pollution into the atmosphere,” he says.
“The onset of Covid has meant it’s not been a great time for major investments, but there’s never been a bad time for getting rid of diesel vehicles and going for electric.”
Mr Ostling says the fare to travel on the new coach will remain the same as on its existing buses.
Mahu Express will install a charging station at Snells Beach School to charge the coach overnight.
The launch event takes place at Sculptureum on Saturday, February 27, at 2pm.