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Picture an electric future!

AUGUST 2016, ISSUE 6

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Leading the way by setting the signage                     
Dear readers,
 
We are proud to accompany the bus stakeholders on the bus electrification road, with ZeEUS leading the way of this adventure. Many questions arise following a city’s decision to go for electric buses. And many different answers co-exist. The project partners are setting the signage to make of this bus electrification jungle road a more clearly defined route.  
A first crucial sign relates to the initial steps taken towards a common European standard for e-buses. Solving the chicken and egg dilemma through the standardisation of the e-bus charging interface is of tremendous importance. Encouraging actions have been led in a wide partnership with UITP, VDV and CEN/CENELEC to describe the use cases for both slow and fast charging. The use cases documents will serve as a basis to offer transport companies the operational flexibility as well as the equipment and rolling stock interoperability that they need.

Another key identified need is to understand how the ebus deployment is on-going in Europe. ZeEUS is preparing its eBus Report for which we are still welcoming contributions. The Report will provide an overview of the European experiences and shortly describe how the technology is being deployed in other parts of the world while showcasing the products currently available on the market.   
Finally, ZeEUS has teamed with Youth for Public Transport Foundation to pursue the efforts in the bus mode promotion.   Yes, urban electric buses are attractive and each one of us can contribute to share that message! Don’t miss out the opportunity to participate to the European-wide campaign 'Electrik Power – Zero emissions, lots of talent!
Enjoy reading #6 Issue of the ZeEUS e-Newsletter and let’s continue working together towards an electric future!

Umberto Guida
ZeEUS Project Coordinator

 

Decarbonisation is the priority for the EU transport

From 18 to 21 April Warsaw hosted the most important event in Europe for the research infrastructure and transport - Transport Research Arena 2016 (TRA 2016). “I encourage you to coordinate projects in line with EU priorities, which are, among others, decarbonisation,” said Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Transport, opening the conference. While visiting the ZeEUS stand exhibiting a MZA electric bus, Violetta Bulc stressed also how important the local efforts are to introduce electric solutions in the European bus networks (read more here). 

The key message about the decarbonisation was also passed during the Invited Session EU-Funded Research Projects on Bus Systems – Creating New Generation of Buses. Organised by UITP, the session presented efforts of ZeEUS, ELIPTIC and EBSF_2 projects, which aim to enhance the image of the bus and encourage modal shift away from the car (read more here).

 

Warsaw is aiming to have one of the cleanest
European bus fleet

The purchase of 130 electric buses within five years, the construction of depot infrastructure and street charging stations - these are environmental plans of MZA (Warsaw Municipal Bus Company) in Warsaw revealed by Jan Kuźmiński, CEO of MZA, during the Launch Event of the EU project ZeEUS in Warsaw.

“ZeEUS is the most important European project focusing on electric buses, with nearly 80 buses running around Europe. 10 of these buses will be exploited here in Warsaw, for which the operator MZA deserves special praise,” said Magda Kopczyńska during the meeting.


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ZeEUS Launch in Bonn: six e-buses to
commence regular service

The event inaugurating the service of 6 Bozankaya Sileo e-vehicles took place on 28 April 2016. The conference welcomed The 'Climate Astronauts' of Gottfried Kinkel Elementary School Oberkassel, who arrived on E-Mission in Bonn with the song Climate Astronauts (listen here). 

The electric buses in Bonn will be powered with SWB’s “BonnNatur Strom” green power product coming from 100% renewable sources. Stadtwerke Bonn view electromobility as a technology of the future. 


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When all transport modes go electric

Cars, buses, delivery trucks, bikes and ferries: All could be fully electric tomorrow. The conditions for a successful transition to electrification as an alternative to fossil-fuel powered vehicles were the main focus of the 4th edition of the European Electromobility Stakeholder Forum, organised by  FREVUEI-CVUE and ZeEUS with support of the European Commission. With its cross-sectoral nature, the Forum is a unique European arena to share best practices and generate synergies across different electric transport modes.

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RATP and STIF launch the first fully electric standard
bus line in the Paris region

The first 100% standard electric bus line in Paris was inaugurated on 30 May. This integration of the fully electric bus in the RATP fleet is a decisive step in the bus energy transition for the Paris region, which was decided by STIF, the regional transport authority, and which has been translated in the Bus 2025 plan implemented by RATP. The company aims to have a bus fleet (4,500 vehicles) that is 100% green by 2025 and will comprise 80% electric buses and 20% biogas-powered vehicles.

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Establish a common European standard for e-bus systems

A standardized interface between the vehicle and the infrastructure seems to be one of the most burning issues in the world of electromobility. In order to support a further deployment of electric buses, it is essential that cities are reassured on the possibility to access a fair level playing field market where different buses’ brands will be compatible with different opportunity and overnight chargers.
With this goal in mind, the ZeEUS project, jointly with VDV and UITP, has recently prepared 2 documents: use cases and requirements concerning the opportunity charging and use cases and requirements concerning the charging of buses in depots.


Read more and download the documents here

 

First experiences and recommendations to deploy an e-bus opportunity charging system

The first workshop of the ZeEUS Observatory took place on 1 June 2016 in Stockholm. ZeEUS Partners met with the Observatory Members and User Group Members in order to analyse and discuss all aspects of the opportunity charging.

Read more 
See the report

 

TMB is testing the new articulated buses in Barcelona

TMB (Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona) tests the new Solaris Urbino E18, which will soon start operating within the ZeEUS project. The vehicles run without passenger on a regular service line, in order to simulate a normal service. The drivers are getting ready, too, undergoing a training how to drive the vehicles with various technological innovations.

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The inauguration of the service will take place on 21 September in Barcelona.
You can learn more about this event here.

 

Last call to include your e-bus experience
in the 1st ZeEUS eBus Report!

As the ZeEUS project progresses, more and more cities are joining the ZeEUS Observatory. So far, more than 40 cities have agreed to share their experience about urban e-bus deployment. The ZeEUS Team is currently finalising the 1st publication of this activity - the ZeEUS eBus Report. The publication aims at providing a global picture of the electric bus development around Europe. The first edition to be published by October 2016 will be widely distributed among the Public Transport Networks worldwide as well as to national and international institutions.

The cities participating in the ZeEUS Observatory will be invited to ZeEUS eBus Workshops - discussion platforms connecting new and experienced players in the world of electromobility. After a great success of the 1st Observatory Workshop (consult the report here), the 2nd edition will take place on 2 September in Bonn (Germany) and address the procurement of e-buses.

 
Cities experiencing electric buses are still invited to
join the ZeEUS Observatory!
 

If your city or company is testing high capacity e-buses, you are invited to fill in a short online survey available here. For more information, contact Marta Van den Bergh marta.vandenbergh@uitp.org, + 32 2 663 66 30.
 

 

'Electrik Power' – ZeEUS and Y4PT look for artists!

The Y4PT Foundation (Youth for Public Transport, a volunteer organisation) and the ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System) project would like to remind you about the ongoing application for 'Electrik Power – Zero emissions, lots of talent!' with the aim of bringing a little glamour back to the humble bus.

The campaign will feature artistic performances on or around the ZeEUS project's demo buses, which will then be disseminated as short videos to promote healthy and clean mobility in cities. The performances will be organised during the buses' normal operating hours in order to engage the general public and improve its perception of the bus.

Click here for more info and the application form

Drive with ZeEUS to...

E-buses in all-day service at Stadtwerke Bonn 

1 - 2 September 2016
Bonn, Germany


More info

ZeEUS Observatory Workshop #2 - Procurement of e-buses

2 September 2016
Bonn, Germany


upon invitation, contact: pauline.bruge@uitp.org 
Revolve Mobility Debate - Reinventing Urban Mobility 

15 September 2016
Brussels, Belgium


More info

Barcelona Demonstration - 2nd Launch Event

21 September 2016
Barcelona, Spain


More info
Cagliari Demonstration - Launch Event 

22 September 2016
Cagliari, Italy


More info


Training programme on Electric Buses

26 - 28 September 2016
Geneva, Switzerland


More info

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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.