Implementing and operating electric buses efficiently

Public transport companies that introduce electric buses face a number of challenges. Many aspects have to be considered and many strategic decisions to be made. This requires reliable information on costs for investment and operations. Moreover, it is essential to get the support from a solution that comprises all aspects of electromobility, focuses on the operational processes and supports the efficient management of e-buses.

What INIT can help you to achieve

In the implementation phase

  • Cost-effective investment decisions
  • Determination of an optimal charging concept
  • Processing of the implementation in a secure and calculable way

In operations

  • Comprehensive solution that comprises all operational processes
  • Permanent overview of the e-buses’ state-of-charge
  • Smooth operations of e-bus-fleets through reliable range prediction
  • Cost-savings by avoiding charge peaks, optimized calculations of required charges, energy-efficient driving as well as optimized maintenance

INIT’s eMOBILE-ITCS enables us to monitor and control all vehicle types in one central system. Our dispatchers receive a quick and comprehensive overview of the current state-of-charge and the remaining range. This simplifies their work.

Reinhard Renja

Project manager for the introduction of ITCS and TETRA digital radio
Rheinbahn AG

Identfiying the most economical concepts

The first step: Making strategic decisions. In the planning system eMOBILE-PLAN you can gather important information with the help of simulations. Which e-buses are the proper ones for your transport system? What is the best charging stategy for your public transport company? How high are the investment and operations costs for the different options? Based upon that information you can make economically sound decisions – and minimize risks at the same time. In addition, eMOBILE-PLAN contains e-mobility-specific parameters such as different outside temperatures or your route’s topology. By using efficient optimization algorithms, blocks are created that are both economical and robust – as well for electric buses.

Full control with eMOBILE-ITCS

Always knowing the current state-of-charge: That is essential when you deploy e-buses since the range of batteries is much more volatile than those of diesel engines. Therefore, they have to be monitored in the public transport company’s central management tool – the Intermodal Transport Control System. With the add-on, eMOBILE-ITCS, dispatchers can manage the state-of-charge and execute the necessary measures when needed.

Before a dispatching measure is executed, the system checks whether the remaining vehicle range is sufficient to safely finish the block. The basis for all of this – a reliable range prognosis that gets more and more precise through machine learning.

Cost-effective charge management is guaranteed by MOBILEcharge: It ensures that all buses are at your disposal when needed, sufficiently charged and preconditioned. At the same time, expensive load peaks are avoided. For an intelligent management of the charging processes, the charge management system should be connected with the depot management system MOBILE-DMS. Because it is there that all information about planned blocks of the following day and the consequently required charge capacity is known.

Additional features such as a system for energy-efficient driving complete the 360-degree-solution by INIT, ensuring public transport companies can successfully meet all challenges presented by electromobility.

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