How to manage large fleets of e-buses? How to deal between the necessity of a sufficient daily range and the efficient distribution of the appropriate charging infrastructures? Slow charging or fast charging? The transition to zero emission buses in city public transport must be based not only on a careful examination of current needs, but also an informed view on future scenarios.

The above mentioned topics (and more) will be addressed during the first event of the Sustainable Bus Tour 2021 with the participation of public transport operators Transdev, Keolis and BVG Berlin.

Concerning the industry players, the webinar will be featuring the charging infrastructure provider Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the telematics company ViriCiti and the depot management provider PSI Transcom. The utility provider Enel X and the bus manufacturer Solaris Bus & Coach, the market leader 2020 in Europe in the e-bus field, will be joining the panel.

It’ll be the first event of a brand new initiative organized by our media with the goal of discussing sector-related key issues and outlooks with the participation of operators, manufacturers, providers of components and technologies. With a keen look at today’s projects and the focus on the challenges the public transport sector is facing.

The webinar’s program

by Rueben Scriven, Senior Analyst at the consulting firm Interact Analysis


  • Tanguy Bouton, Group Corporate Fleet Director at Transdev
  • Bruno Lapeyrie, Director Center of Excellence Energy Transition-Bus at Keolis Group
  • Michael Weber, project leader for the depot fleet implementation at BVG Berlin


  • André Burdet, Vice President Product Management and Marketing at Hitachi ABB Power Grids
  • Michael Preusker, Innovation Manager at PSI Transcom
  • Alexander Schabert, Co-founder & CCO at ViriCiti
  • Valerio Vadacchino, Head of Global Marketing e-City Enel X
  • Mateusz Figaszewski, Director of E-mobility Development at Solaris Bus & Coach

by Aida Abdulah, Senior Manager Knowledge & Innovation at UITP

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A webinar on the operations of large e-bus fleets

The title of the first webinar will be “The electric depot. Charging and managing large e-bus fleets”. Why such a topics? The answer is simple: as the rollout of the first large-scale battery-electric bus fleets begin in Europe, the question of how to manage operations and charging procedures becomes paramount. To date, indeed, many cities in Europe have launched small e-bus fleets in order to gain experience with zero emission bus operations. 2021 and 2022 will see the uptake of large scale deployment in many European cities, based on their transition plans.

Just a few examples: Berlin aims to switch the full busfleet to electricity by 2030, in Paris the bus fleet is set to be converted to battery-electric and gas-powered drives by 2025. In the Netherlands, from 2025 on, newly bought buses for public transport can only be emission-free. Not to forget, according to the EU’s Clean Vehicles Directive, a minimum of 22.5% of all new buses ordered in 2021 across Europe will have to be zero-emission to comply with the legislation.

In such a scenario, the issue the sector is facing is how to manage large e-bus fleets and which charging strategies to adopt in order to allow efficient operations, ramping up progressively the e-bus deployment.

Focus on charging trends

The webinar will host a keynote presentation by Rueben Scriven, Senior Analyst at the consulting firm Interact Analysis, who will deal with trends an outlook related to charging strategies in the bus field. «In less than a decade, electric buses have transitioned from a fringe technology to widespread adoption – Scriven discloses the framework of its presentation -. Trials began in cities such as London in the early 2010’s with one or two buses being deployed. Now, municipalities are floating tenders for several hundred electric buses. However, the market has overcome several growing pains, many of which relate to the charging of the buses. We are experiencing a transition away from opportunity charging towards depot charging, but is this sustainable in the long run? This session examines the growth of the electric bus market, how charging strategies have changed over time and where we expect the market to go in the future».

Sustainable Bus Tour, the media’s ID card

Sustainable Bus is the only international media fully focused on clean buses and sustainability in the field of public transport. Founded in 2018 under the domain, followed in 2020 by the launch of Sustainable Bus magazine, it has so far established itself as an essential tool for professionals involved in the planning and implementation of low/zero emission public transport projects and operations.

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