Tropic Wings’ New Electric Bus is silent and emits zero emissions!
Tropic Wings is proud to announce that we are introducing the first 100% full electric bus into the Australian Tourism industry. It’s just one of the latest things that we are implementing to make our tours more environmentally friendly!
We are proud to be locally owned by the Woodward Family CaPTA Group, which has always had a strong focus on ecotourism and sustainability. The CaPTA Group has implemented numerous conservation efforts across its tours and companies. This includes a biocycle waste treatment plant, tree planting and solar panels at Rainforestation. Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas has advanced eco certification and is also in the process of creating a large eucalyptus plantation. Tropic Wings and Jungle Tours are also fully eco-certified.
The electric bus, a new Yutong E12, is environmental friendly with zero emissions and will be used for our Tropic Wings Day Tours between Cairns and Rainforestation. This will be in place as early as July this year.
The guests will be able enjoy the surrounding scenery of the Kuranda Range in the air-conditioned comfort of the almost silent bus.
Charging stations will be installed at the Tropic Wings Coach Depot in this first step to a greener future with the group’s vehicle fleet, whilst planning for the installation of solar panels the CaPTA Group head office and Coach Depot has also begun.
CaPTA Managing Director Peter Woodward said the project has been in the pipeline for quite some time, with coach manufacturer Yutong testing the coaches, and The CaPTA Group’s assistance introducing the trials to Australia.
“Australia is so far behind when it comes to eco-sustainability – companies can make a big difference and shouldn’t just wait for government to make changes,” he said.
“As a large tourism business, we feel a personal, ethical responsibility to be more environmentally sustainable, and this is another step in the right direction.”
“Whilst the initial upfront costs of the vehicles are substantial, our research has shown that the savings on fuel and maintenance will make this a viable business opportunity, and the positive impact on the environment alone makes it a worthwhile investment,” he said.
Stay tuned for more updates on our electric bus!