Zero emissions: Newcastle Transport to see first electric buses outside Sydney as part of NSW government plan

ELECTRIC buses are set to join Newcastle's service in the coming months as part of a government plan to transition the state's fleet.

Newcastle Transport will receive three "zero emissions" buses - the first in NSW outside Sydney - which will have the capacity to undertake a full day of service on a single charge.

Electric future: Taylor Martin, Emmanuel Genlot and Minister David Elliott at Hamilton Bus Depot for the "net zero" buses announcement on Tuesday. Picture: Ethan Hamilton

"These buses have a range of 400 kilometers which means the quality of service will not be affected at all by the move," Minister for Transport and Veterans David Elliott said at Hamilton Bus Depot on Tuesday.

"The NSW Government is committed to transitioning the state's fleet of more than 8000 diesel and gas buses to zero emissions technology.

"Electric buses will deliver a more sustainable transport option for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie communities, encouraging more people to make the switch to public transport."