The South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit Ltd. participates as a partner in the eBussed PGI05948 INTERREG EUROPE project (https://www.interregeurope.eu/ebussed/). The project focuses on the transition from traditional bus-based public transport to e-bus fleets and the exchange of experiences between partner regions at different stages of operation, thus serving regions interested in this advanced technology.

STRIA Nonprofit Ltd. participated in the Electric Tech Bus Webinar, which was the first webinar of the eBussed project, held on 30.06.2020. The event focused on technological aspects, providing a broad overview of the status of e-bus technology and market development, as well as a more detailed session on the charger-bus interface.

The programme started with an overview of e-bus technology development and current e-bus market presented by Vincent Wever (Goudappel Coffeng, Netherlands), who works for a mobility-consultancy office in the Netherlands. There are three different techniques: trolley buses, battery electric vehicles (BEV) and hydrogen buses (FCEV). Mr. Wever introduced a Dutch case, as a good practice as well.

The next lecturer was Marko Paakkinen (Research Team Leader and Project Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), who showcased Charger-bus interface and stage of standardization. After he gave some background information and shared with the participants the charging requirements depend on use cases (short daily routes, long routes, heavy loading, BRT), the e-bus EU standardization timeline and ongoing standardization efforts within the EU.

As conclusions the summarized, that:

  • best suitable charging method depends on the use case,
  • interoperability is the key for successful large scale e bus deployment,
  • depot charging with a cable is already standardized,
  • first standardization effort for e bus opportunity charging solutions is to be finalized during 2020,
  • no single solution for opportunity charging in near term.

The next eBussed webinar will take place on 15th September 2020.

The project is co-financed by the European Union and the State of Hungarian within the Interreg Europe Program.