Thiago Deiro, CEO of Australia’s largest bus body manufacturer Volgren said the West Australian Government’s commitment to boost its electric bus fleet is a huge win for local manufacturing, job creation and greener transport solutions for Western Australians.

“Western Australia’s $125 million funding injection, matching the Federal Government’s announcement last year will pave the way for electric buses to be built by West Australians for West Australians.”

“Zero-emission buses are the future and it’s crucial that investment decisions take place now to increase local competitiveness and further develop Australia’s manufacturing capabilities.”

“Volgren has supplied buses to The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia (PTA) for more than two decades and importantly, we now have the ability to design and build electric buses right here in Malaga.”

“Perth is a key part of our business and we’ll continue to invest in the skills, equipment and manufacturing processes that allow us to build electric buses at scale locally.”

Thiago said Volgren has just completed its 50th zero-emission bus and is ready to meet the country’s future demand for next-generation buses.

“Since delivering our first battery electric bus (BEB) in 2019 we’ve continually improved our processes and can comfortably say building a BEB today, is business as usual. All three of our factories are fully prepared and can keep the same speed and output capacity as we had before with other technologies.”

Thiago says that Volgren is committed to investing in Western Australia’s skilled workforce and since their last contract was awarded in 2018, has increased local fabrications.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded Australians of the importance of being able to manufacture a full range of essential equipment and supplies in our own backyard – and the value of geographically close supply chains.

“Volgren Perth directly supports over 100 local businesses and has a positive influence on another 29. We are currently spending approximately $7m a year with these suppliers and helping to support 150 jobs in the W.A. economy outside of Volgren.”