Welcome to the September issue of the bi-monthly TRIMIS Digest. The Digest features a selection of short articles discussing the benefits and challenges of transport electrification.
Converting to electric waterbuses
study is about the conversion of waterbuses for public transport in Venice
(Italy) from a diesel engine to a hybrid diesel-electric drive. It examines
energy storage systems, electrical machines and drives, and takes into
consideration economic, environmental and social issues. Alternative solutions
based on hybrid diesel-electric and full-electric power trains are compared.
The study concluded that a hybrid diesel engine with lithium battery is the
best option for an easy first implementation, even when taking existing
infrastructure into consideration.
will play a key role in future mobility patterns. This study explores how
government infrastructure policy can increase the uptake of electric vehicles.
Focusing on subsidy scenarios for infrastructure deployment and vehicle
purchase, it finds important interactions between powertrain types and
The decarbonisation of the road freight sector is challenging, so
alternative approaches need to be investigated. This study proposes a framework
for the electrification of road freight operations. Using four case studies, it
demonstrates that electrification of road freight is a viable option that
should form part of a low-carbon transport system.
Battery electric buses are
considered a well-suited technology for the electrification of road-based
public transport. However, the transition process from conventional diesel to
electric buses faces a number of challenges such as the limitations in travel
range and charging times of batteries. The study provides
a methodology for planning depot charging battery bus fleets and their charging
infrastructure. It reveals that a mixed fleet of different bus types could
be advantageous dependent on the operational characteristics of the bus route.
The contents and views included in the TRIMIS Digest do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission. Please note that each article is a summary of only one study. Other studies on the same topic may come to other conclusions.