The eBussed project works in 4 Thematic Working Groups to ensure the best implementation. The eBussed Thematic Working Group 1 (TWG1) is working on the task of identifying possible drivers and barriers to the introduction of electric buses in specific regions. Thematic Working Group 2 (TWG2) deals with technical requirements. The user interface theme of Thematic Working Group 3 (TWG3) was defined roughly as the personal and machine-related experiences of individual users and user groups with e-mobility users and user groups. Finally, Thematic Working Group 4 (TWG4) deals with public procurement and tendering.

Together, in May 2020, we started to focus on taking stock of TWG4 partners’ expectations, similarities and differences in procurement and tendering procedures, comments from stakeholders in South Transdanubia and questions they have raised. We considered the key drivers of the process, the inputs for regional excellence, and outlined the agenda for TWG4 activities in Hungary, i.e. what actions we would like to implement.

The exchange of experience on the characteristics of the procurement and tendering process was explored by identifying the most important factors in the process in the eBussed regions. An action plan was prepared for each region, including South Transdanubia. We focus on the financial and legal area and on the cooperation of relevant actors in the value chain. The procurement process is then mapped out. In Pécs and Paks, the procurement procedure includes the selection of the buses to be purchased. Here, we looked at the differences in value chains, the role of private companies and market mechanisms, and cooperation with public organisations compared to other eBussed regions.

We also need a further review of the identified good practices to identify the issues/problems that each region wishes to address. In Hungary, the public procurement procedure involves state and local government funds and takes place within a specific legal framework. This public procurement applies to concessions, the purchase of buses and charging infrastructure. At the end of the process, the local authority will become 100% owner of the ebuses.

The eBussed project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and Hungary.