Several pilot tests will be deployed in different European cities with distinct social contexts and including a variety of technologies with different levels of maturity. These pilots are:
• Lisbon: analysis of the operating conditions and performance of a bus line with no in-cycle opportunity charging but done solely at depot during night or off-peak periods. Results will be put against opportunity-charging performance.
• Milan: carry out an evaluation of charging stations layouts and correlate operational output data with external parameters.
• Zalaegerszeg and 7 other Hungarian cities: awareness-raising of the benefits from electrification by developing a new network from-scratch in rural areas.
• Barcelona: develop a predictive management tool for opportunity chargers, that will be put to a test in a multi-bus charging station with very constrained recharge time.
• Badalona: monitor all stages in an electric bus service, including different vehicles and operating conditions to assess the impact of each factor in overall performance.
• Děčín: assess the noise and NOx reduction from replacing CNG buses with EVs in a small city context.
The goal is to consider technologies under roll-out and socioeconomic factors affecting their suitability. Data collected in pilot tests will be used to calibrate and fine-tune the toolkit. This goal will embrace the data collection in all cities (data gathered, qualitative inputs from local stakeholders and an interpretation of results obtained) during the pilot test execution, summarizing the most important metrics that will describe the performance and attributes of charging schemes in different operational situations.