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Picture an electric future!

JANUARY 2015, ISSUE 2 

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Fasten your seatbelts!

Dear readers,

The flagship electric bus demonstration project in Europe has started its engine. During the first year of running the project, the first ZeEUS Core Demonstration was launched in Barcelona and the ZeEUS buses for following demonstrations were presented in Plzen and Stockholm. The ZeEUS project was also active externally, participating at numerous events worldwide.

UITP and all Project's Consortium Partners are ready to change to the 2nd gear. With launching following Core Demonstrations and organising the 3rd European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum, we want to
 shape the future and change the way bus public transport looks and feels like. 

I invite you to consult this #2 Issue of the ZeEUS e-Newsletter to discover the latest developments and the future project activities!

ZeEUS launches #SpotheBus campaign!

 
Have you spotted the bus?


 
 

Together with the Launch Demo in Barcelona
(14  October 2014), ZeEUS launched also #SpotheBus campaign on Twitter.

Have you seen a ZeEUS bus operating in your city? Tweet the photo with #SpotheBus and help us create an album of ZeEUS buses!
 

 

 

The first ZeEUS Core Demonstration in Barcelona

On 14 October 2014 Barcelona hosted the launch of the first ZeEUS core demonstration. The event was organised by the demo leader, which is the local public transport operator TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) and involved the presence of the other demo partners: ENDESA, ENIDE, UPC, IDIADA, GMV, IRIZAR and Solaris. The Launch Demo gathered over 150 attendees, including numerous journalists and prominent persons, such as the Mayor of Barcelona, Xavier Trias and Joaquim Forn, the Chairman of TMB and Vice Mayor of Barcelona.

“I am proud that Barcelona is the first of eight European cities selected to participate in the European project ZeEUS to begin.” Xavier Trias, the Mayor of Barcelona

 

ZeEUS Plzen demo - the bus is on its way!

Two full electric, emission-free and quiet buses will begin a trial in full operational service from the beginning of spring 2015 in Plzen. However, the introduction of the first battery-powered electric bus Škoda Perun took place on 1 October 2014 with the help of the partners: Škoda, University of West Bohemia, Plzenske Mestske Dopravni Podniky AS and Plzenska Teplarenska AS.

The event received also coverage in the local television. To see the video, click here.

 

Presentation of the ZeEUS bus in Stockholm 

On 28 October 2014 Volvo presented the ZeEUS 12m plug-in hybrid bus at the Stockholm Fair, the largest public transport event in the Scandinavian region. The bus was unveiled in front of a big public by Jörgen Sjöstedt, Volvo Director for the Nordic region. The event was finalised with keynote speeches from  Mr. Håkan Agnevall, CEO of Volvo Bus Corporation; Ms. Anna Johansson, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure; Mr. Anders Lindström, CEO of Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL); Mr. Torbjörn Wahlborg, CEO of Vattenfall Nordic Region and Ms. Stephanie Leonard, ZeEUS Project Manager, UITP.

The Demo Launch event is being prepared now in cooperation with the project's partners: Volvo, Vattenfall and Trafikförvaltningen Stockholms Läns Landsting as well as with a contracted operator, Keolis. More details will be available soon! 

 

ZeEUS at Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Chengdu, China

The ZeEUS project participated at the 12th Michelin Challenge Bibendum which took place in Chengdu, China between 11 and 14 November 2014. This high level event gathered business professionals, political leaders, NGOs, academics and experts to discuss and promote future mobility solutions and is now regarded as one of the flagship events for sustainable mobility in the world. 

The ZeEUS project was presented in the “Sustainable Urban Mobility Sharing Experiences between Europe and China” workshop organised by fellow EU project Viajeo Plus. On the following day, ZeEUS participated in a three hour expert workshop on ‘Convergence in Transport Modes and Keys to Co-modality Development’.

 

ZeEUS presented at Annual Polis Conference

The ZeEUS project participated at the 2014 Annual Polis Conference which took place in Madrid from 27 to 28 November 2014. ZeEUS was presented in a dedicated session on ‘innovative and clean bus systems’. It included an introduction by Stephanie Leonard who gave a general overview of the project. The main part of the presentation was delivered by Jonas Ericson from Stockholms Läns Landsting who gave a detailed case study on the Stockholm demonstration. 

 

ZeEUS at European Electric Vehicle Congress

The 3rd edition of the European Electric Vehicle Congress was held in Brussels between 2 and 5 Dec 2014, where ZeEUS played a major role participating in two key sessions. Together with fellow EC projects Green eMotion and FREVUE, ZeEUs took part in 'EU Electromobility Stakeholder Forum Roundtable' moderated by EURELECTRIC. In the second session, 'Views from the Brussels based associations', Umberto Guida, ZeEUS Coordinator and UITP EU Projects Director, delivered a presentation outlining the view of UITP on electromobility and how ZeEUS fits within this context.

 

ZeEUS’s strategic contribution towards zero-carbon urban mobility 

ZeEUS participated at the IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference which took place from 17 to 19 December 2014 in Florence. The large presence of academics allowed great exchanges of viewpoints on the future of electromobility worldwide.

In the session devoted to Clean Cities, Umberto Guida, Director of European Projects at UITP, presented the role of the project through the paper: Towards low/zero-carbon urban mobility in Europe published by UITP in 2011.

Drive with ZeEUS to...
3r
d European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum

The EU's three flagship electromobility projects, Green eMotionFREVUE and ZeEUS, will present their findings and plans on electromobility in Europe, covering topics such as smart technology, standardisation, electric urban freight and the benefits of electric vehicles to society and the environment. With Green eMotion drawing to a close, attendees will also have an opportunity to hear their final results and project conclusions.

The forum will be a mixture of parallel workshop sessions and high level round tables with participation from EU, national and regional political stakeholders as well and industry and research institutes.


Registration for the event is free of charge but compulsory. Seats are limited so register now!
Click here to access draft agenda and registration

ZeEUS's next stops

European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum

3rd Edition

Brussels, 25-26 February 2015
Read more

61st UITP World Congress and Exhibition

Smile in the city

Milan, 8-10 June 2015
Read more
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Coordinated by UITPZeEUS is a project cofunded by the European Commission, under the 7th Research & Innovation Framework Programme, Mobility & Transport Directorate-General, grant agreement n° 605485. 

The ZeEUS project has been launched by the European Commission in the frame of the European Green Vehicle and Smart Cities & Communities.