Consolidated solutions for electric bus systems are already on the streets today. These include trolley-buses, mini-midi full-electric and diesel-hybrid buses. The market for these buses has also already been developed. Project ZeEUS is therefore looking towards the next big challenge within this field: to develop vehicles with larger capacity: from plug-in hybrids to full-electric technologies, with a focus on vehicle interaction with the grids (bus depots, stations and stops).
- To extend fully-electric solutions to the core part of the urban bus network.
- To evaluate the economic, environmental and societal feasibility of electric urban bus systems, and to facilitate the market uptake of electric buses in Europe.
UITP (International Association of Public Transport) coordinates a consortium of 40 partners to work on the 42-month demonstration project ZeEUS aiming at extending the fully-electric solution to a wider part of the urban bus network. Developing electric vehicles of large capacity and creating an infrastructure able to provide the required charging energy will facilitate the market up-take of electric buses in Europe. The project will be conducted with eight core demonstrations in six different countries (Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Scotland, and Sweden).
An observatory of electric urban bus systems will also be developed for use in the project.