Brisbane Metro vehicle


As part of Brisbane Metro, Brisbane City Council will introduce a new fleet of 60 all-electric, high-capacity Metro vehicles. The Metro vehicles will integrate seamlessly into busway operations and share the busway with existing bus services, as part of a better planned network.

Following an extensive tender process, Council has announced world-leading vehicle manufacturer HESS, in partnership with Brisbane-based supplier Volgren, and electric infrastructure experts ABB, to design and build the Brisbane Metro vehicle fleet.

HESS and its project partners will deliver a zero tailpipe emission, battery electric fleet of vehicles with state of-the-art, flash charging infrastructure.

Key features

The Metro vehicles will be an Australian-first, using tried and tested European technology that will help future-proof Brisbane’s public transport network. Each vehicle will be 24.4 metres in length and 2.55 metres wide, with the capacity to carry 150 passengers in comfort and 170 passengers in event mode.

Other key features of the Metro vehicle include:

  • zero tailpipe emissions, battery electric operation
  • all day electric operation with flash charging in under six minutes at the end of route
  • spacious bi-articulated design, providing three large open passenger areas
  • three large double doors along the length of the vehicle for quicker boarding
  • low-floor design from front to rear, providing a high level of accessibility
  • capacity for 150 passengers in comfort and 170 in event mode
  • in-built USB charging points and on-board Wi-Fi, to help commuters stay connected
  • passenger information displays and next stop audio and visual route information
  • separated driver’s cabin
  • panoramic rear window, for taking advantage of city views
  • interior illuminated ceiling.

The Metro vehicle will also offer close-to-silent operation and provide a smooth, comfortable journey for passengers. 

Next steps

HESS and its partners will build and test the Metro pilot vehicle in Europe in 2021, which is expected to be ready for local operating testing in Brisbane in 2022.

Following the successful trial of the pilot vehicle, Council will have the option to purchase 59 additional Metro vehicles, with services expected to commence in late 2023, subject to approvals.

Last updated: 21 January 2021
Topics: metro