Going green for a sustainable future

The State Government is powering towards its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Cleaner, greener public transport is a win for South Australians and the environment.

Zero emission transport releases no greenhouse gases or other pollutants into the atmosphere. Here are just some of the projects we’re currently working on as we transition to a zero emission public transport future.

Trains on non-electrified rail lines

We’ve engaged transport experts Ricardo Rail to explore zero emission options for trains on the Belair, Outer Harbor and Grange rail lines, and the Port Dock spur line. Traditional electrification and emerging technologies like battery and hydrogen power will be included in our search for the most suitable solutions.

First hybrid-diesel train now in service

After a successful testing period, our first hybrid-diesel train is now running on the Outer Harbor, Grange, and Belair lines. You’ll recognise it by its distinctive bright green colour.

Our new diesel hybrid trains are more reliable and release less fumes than traditional diesels, reduce fuel consumption by up to 20% and provide a more comfortable journey for passengers.

Each railcar is fitted with an energy storage and recovery system that recovers excess energy when the train brakes and stores it in a battery for later use. The stored energy will also be used to supply power for lighting and air-conditioning at the Adelaide Railway Station train platform, reducing noise, emissions, and air pollution.

We’re looking forward to adding another 48 hybrid-diesel railcars to our fleet in future.

Bus fleet transition

Upgrading all Adelaide Metro buses and bus depots to zero emission by 2050 is a huge undertaking. We’ve partnered with GHD and Evenergi to find the most efficient and effective transition plan to reach this goal

Hydrogen bus trial

Our bus operator, Torrens Transit has started a two-year trial of two Foton Mobility hydrogen fuel cell buses which rely on a fuel cell to charge the bus battery and power its electric drive motor. The buses are out and about servicing routes so keep an eye out for them.

Adelaide hydrogen bus

Battery electric bus testing

We’re currently testing our first Scania battery electric bus, which is expected to enter service later this year. As well as being better for the environment, the bus offers passengers a quieter, more comfortable ride.