The South Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency  (STRIA) organised the fourth stakeholder meeting of the eBussed project on 16 December 2021. STRIA is a partner in the eBussed INTERREG EUROPE project. The programme 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 the regions interested in this advanced technology.

The event took place online due to the crown virus outbreak. The event focused on a review of international good practices from Finland, Germany, Malta and the Netherlands, proposed by DDRIÜ, which will contribute to the development of a Hungarian action plan for electric bus fleets.

The meeting was opened by Zsolt Pálmai, Deputy Director (STRIA). He briefly presented the current status of the project and then outlined the main theme of the event. The following good practices could be used to develop the action plan:

  • E-bus training for all staff. Specific eco-driving training for drivers.
  • On-call service in case of charging problems
  • Cooperation between cities to promote electric bus transport
  • Occasional charging or depot charging – careful assessment of relevant factors
  • Pre-conditioning of e-buses
  • Change management and information strategy for drivers and technicians
  • Conditional handover of e-buses, including a practical testing phase.
  • Logbook in the e-bus for trip monitoring and driver feedback
  • Evaluation of transport investments through CBA and MCA analyses
  • Optimising the driving skills and experience of bus drivers
  • Peak load, smart charging, V2G charging

The aim of the meeting was to select, with the help of the invited partners, which good practices support the implementation of the Action Plan.

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