She says although there are immediate financial benefits with the hybrid fleet - including a 35 per cent saving on fuel - the buses will provide long-term environmental benefits including a 30-40 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and up to a 50 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxide or particulates emissions.
“Latrobe Valley is known for high level air pollutants so we're aware of that, we're conscious of it,” says Tyben. “We live here and our drivers live here. So this is our small contribution and we'd like to see that that contribution increase.”
According to Shara Bidois, Senior Associate at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), hybrid electric buses typically also see a reduction in maintenance and running costs as well as a significant reduction in emissions - good news not only for LBVL but also for the Latrobe Valley community.
“We're really pleased and proud to see a family business adopting these new types of technologies and driving the change to an environmentally friendly fleet,” Bidois says.
Rhonda Renwick, Managing Director of LVBL agrees: “Latrobe Valley [has been an] electricity producing area from coal for 50 years. It’s time we actually looked at other energy sources.”
She hopes the buses will provide opportunities for others in the area to learn about hybrid technology and encourage people to think about electric cars as a viable alternative.