Leopard Coachlines now operate major metropolitan bus routes in Christchurch. The family-owned bus company is one of New Zealand’s largest. It has 150 staff (plus 90 expected to join in November 2010) and more than 100 buses with depots in Christchurch and Auckland.
Increasingly aware of the use of environmentally-friendly biofuels in Europe, and keen to be an industry leader at home, Leopard Coachlines decided to trial a biodiesel blend for 12 months. In May 2007 the entire fleet switched over to B5 – a 5% blend of biodiesel with ordinary diesel.