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VTT – Optimised fast-charging electric bus system
EARTO Innovation Awards 2016 – Impact Delivered Category
Road transport contributes to 20% of the EU’s total CO2
emissions, a quarter of which are due to heavy-duty vehicles including trucks and buses. To reach emission reduction targets, the share of green public transport solutions like electric buses needs to be increased.
EARTO member VTT developed with its partners a unique and complete electric bus system combining energy optimised drive lines, light aluminium construction and automatically fast charging electric buses. Batteries can be charged in 2 to 6 minutes at the termini when new passengers are boarding the bus. Batteries’ fast-charging capacity and smaller size reduce charging and maintenance costs as well as investment needs.
VTT and its partners help municipalities accelerate the move towards e-buses by supplying the technology and providing support in transition planning, sharing best practices and creating a shared knowledge base with an innovation line concept and a network of partners. 12 of these e-buses worth €5 million have already been sold. In Helsinki, a total cost reduction of €300 million could be achieved if a fleet of 1300 conventional buses was changed to e-buses.
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Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading multi-technological Research and Technology Organisation in the Nordic countries.