In 2016, the JW Group of companies was borne out of a need to provide expert bus repair services to support Auckland Transport’s fleet operators. The JW Diesel workshop team in Wiri soon gained recognition for “tackling the hard stuff”, doing the jobs right, and keeping prices reasonable. Word spread to tourism operators large and small seeking reliable servicing and repairs for all bus types and brands. We opened JW Diesel Christchurch in 2018.
In 2017 JW International became the exclusive New Zealand distributor and servicing agent for Yutong Bus, the world’s largest bus manufacturer. Our supply since then of top quality coaches with 2 years free servicing for even commercial purposes proves popular. We are a preferred supplier to the New Zealand Defence Force.
As Yutong is a leader in development and deployment of clean energy, Zero emission buses with over 140,000 now in quiet public service throughout the world, our next step was to do our part to help New Zealand transition to Electric buses. By late 2019, a trial with Auckland Transport across multiple operators proved the Yutong E12 100% electric urban bus could exceed performance, energy efficiency and range expectations while pleasing drivers, passengers and the community with awesome reliability. That first E12 is now servicing other communities.
The JW Group workshops have the training and experience to be proficient in high voltage electric bus maintenance, and can safely provide engineering, modification and training for commercial EVs as well as charging infrastructure. The support we get for our New Zealand clients from Yutong is fantastic!
2020 and 2021 now see New Zealand’s largest electric vehicle on the road, the Yutong E13 dual rear axle owned by Auckland Transport and operated by Howick & Eastern. Go Bus launched 9 more Yutong E12s into service In January 2021 for the Auckland Airport Link. JW Group’s other contracts finalised and pending will see many more Yutong urban buses soon in both the North and South Islands. JW Group was first to offer a fully maintained operating lease for electric buses in New Zealand.
JW Group provides the best fit of the Yutong Bus diesel and electric range for New Zealand use. Our traditional and advanced services include planning, engineering, and funding solutions for buses, batteries and charging infrastructure to make the transition to electric affordable and hassle free.
New Zealand’s first full two electric touring coaches, the Yutong TCe12 have arrived for Mahu City Express to serve the Warkworth to Auckland route. This luxury commuter coach is already a hit in Europe and fast becoming the same here!