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Picture an electric future!

NOVEMBER 2015, ISSUE 4

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Dear readers,

We have been on an electric journey with the ZeEUS project for 2 years. More and more ZeEUS buses are operating in the streets of Europe and with the London Demo Launch Event taking place in December, half of the Core Demonstrations will be set in motion by the end of 2015. 

It's busy time not only for the Core Demonstrations. A data collection launched in July 2015 within the ZeEUS Observatory allows the collaboration of the project with other electric experiences. The group of cities joining the ZeEUS Observatory is constantly growing in order to present a global picture of the electric bus market in Europe. Cities experiencing electric buses are still invited to join the ZeEUS Observatory (more info here)!

I invite you to consult this #4 Issue of the ZeEUS e-Newsletter to discover more about the latest developments and the future project activities!

 

Pilsen starts to operate two electric buses
as part of the ZeEUS project

Two electric buses developed and manufactured by Skoda started their live operations on 28 May in Pilsen in the presence of the City Mayor, Mr. Michal Zrzavecký. A fast charging station was built by Plzeň Power at the terminus of line no. 33 in Krašovská street in Pilsen Košutce. The entire project aims to prove the feasibility of operating high capacity electric buses under the real conditions of the Pilsen city.

The ZeEUS Demo Team is led by SKODA and includes UWB, PMDP and PT.

 

COP21 countdown: ZeEUS is a part of UITP plan
to tackle climate change

 
With the upcoming United Nations COP21 climate meeting, the eyes are turned towards Paris as this crucial conference needs to result in a new international climate agreement. UITP, one of the 12 Members of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, will play a key role as public transport is an indispensable element in the fight against climate change.

The ZeEUS project supports UITP efforts, by accelerating the implementation of electric buses in Europe. As stated in “Climate Action and Public Transport”, ZeEUS is one of the facilitators for introducing buses with low-carbon emerging technologies.


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Low carbon future of cities – ZeEUS & electromobility
at the heart of CIVITAS Forum 2015

 
On the final day of the CIVITAS Forum 2015 (7-9 October) in Ljubljana, experts and electromobility professionals met to discuss how to achieve significant decarbonisation of our cities through electrification of urban mobility. UITP participated in this event represented by Umberto Guida, Deputy Director of the European Department and EU Projects Director:

Electrification requires the integration of different major urban systems, mainly electricity and transport. Its complexity is often the first cause of delays and difficulties in the introduction of electromobility. It is necessary that tools, processes are put in place at all levels (technical, economic, political) to facilitate such a coordination. IT can help, of course, but it will not solve all the issues as some aspects are linked to the legal frame of the energy provision.

 

Bozankaya to provide buses for the Bonn Demonstration
 
The choice has been made - Turkish-German manufacturer Bozankaya has been selected to provide vehicles for the ZeEUS Demonstration in Bonn. Six Sileo fully electric buses are being manufactured and will hit the streets of Bonn at the beginning of next year. They will operate on the parallel lines 606/607 that cross the heart of the city centre, but also on other lines to demonstrate their operational adaptability.

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Prague among the first cities on board
of the ZeEUS Observatory

Prague joins the growing circle of cities wishing to exchange together on the ways to introduce high capacity electric buses in their network. Among them, we already count Bascharage (LU), Bruges (BE), Cologne (DE), Copenhagen (DK), Donostia San Sebastian (ES), Edinburgh (UK), Geneva (CH), Gothenburg (SE), Helsinki (FI), Hertogenbosch (NL), Inverness (UK), Klagenfurt (AT), Mannheim (DE), Marseille (FR), Osnabrück (DE) and Sofia (BG).

Cities experiencing electric buses are still invited to join the ZeEUS Observatory! If your city or company is testing high capacity e-buses, you can send the Memorandum of Understanding (available for download here), duly filled in and signed to Pauline Bruge (pauline.bruge@uitp.org ) or contact Pauline Bruge +32 2 788 01 15.


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Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT), a foundation created by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), launched a multi-stakeholder initiative called #BreathableCities World Campaign, aimed primarily at measuring people’s exposure to and inhalation of air pollutants through different modes of transport in order to estimate impact on human health.

By involving more cities over time, the #BreathableCities World Campaign will stand up as a better tool to benchmark urban transport systems around the world in terms of air quality and human health.

Want to participate? Follow this link for more details.

Drive with ZeEUS to...




EEVC - 2015

1 - 4 December 2015
Brussels, Belgium


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London Demo Launch Event

2 December 2015
London, UK


More info soon!
 

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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.