Improve public transport electrification to fight against climate change – that's what we aim for. We are consortium of cities, companies and universities joined in the EIT Urban Mobility project.
Most of the European cities use buses in their public transport network. However, most of the buses rely on fossil fuels, whether it is diesel or natural gas. We want to support the transition to decarbonised public transport with zero local emissions.
The development of battery technologies, drivetrains as well as telematics optimisation systems is quick and as of 2021, it is more feasible to electrify bus routes than ever before. However, there is not one universal solution suitable for every city.
The aim of this project is to develop a decision support system (DSS) that designs the optimal charging and operation system for a given city and quantifies the impact of the electric service on bus agencies and other stakeholders.
The project is focused on the link between vehicle and charger, the cornerstone for their deployment in cities. Data gathered in the cities involved in the project will be considered to characterize the real performance and operating costs of different charging schemes. Hence, the DSS will identify the technology that better suits the mobility requirements in each city under study. This approach outperforms the tools developed by vehicle manufacturers for a single charging solution.
EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019 it has been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. EIT aims to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility.