The economics of zero emission buses. Costs, trends and tools to support the transition

May 19th 2022





The economics of zero emission buses. Costs, trends and tools to support the transition

E-bus upfront prices are among the barriers for their adoption. As zero emission bus volumes grow in Europe, the spotlight moves on the ways to make the transition affordable, and how to finance it.

Which is the breakeven point on a TCO basis between electric and diesel buses? To what extent maintenance costs are going to be lower? How decrease in battery prices will impact zero emission bus costs, as BloombergNEF finds lithium-ion battery prices fell 6% from 2020 to 2021 (89% between 2010 and 2021)

Fundings has been provided by the EU and national governments, as the path for zero emission in public transport has been set. Technical issues have been left behind, financial issues are still in place. A look at best practices, outlooks and analysis, trying to outline challenges and opportunities.

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The framework

European countries have witnessed the entry in operation of over 3,000 e-buses in 2021 (+50 percent on 2020). E-buses last year accounted for over 20% of the city bus market (21.7, being specific). It means a constant growth compared to the 12% in 2019 and 15% in 2020.

The 2021 share of e-buses is in line with the 22.5% of zero emission buses mandatory in public tenders in Western European countries (as decided upon the EU Clean Vehicle Directive). On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Zero emission bus deployment in the US has been growing 27% in 2021.

A third of the 200,000 buses in European public transport will be zero-emission by 2030, reads a recent report by financial consulting company ING. In that year, according to the firm, zero emission buses will cover two thirds of the new city bus registrations.

The Agenda

Opening and introduction


Sustainable Bus

Scenarios and prospects for electrification of public road transport

Oliviero Baccelli

Academic Fellow Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University

TCO aspects to be considered within bus fleets’ electrification

Arno Kerkhof

Head of Bus Unit, UITP

Arno Kerkhof uitp

London on the way to a full electric public transport system

Tom Cunnington

Head of Bus Business Development, Transport for London

Tom Cunnington tfl

TCO models and financing schemes in Barcelona

Josep Maria Armengol

Director of Bus Technology, TMB Barcelona

josep armengol tmb barcelona

The rise of alternative drives and the manufacturer’s roadmap

Jean-Marc Boucheret

Sustainable Mobility Manager, Iveco Bus

jean-marc Boucheret

The software ecosystem around an e-bus fleet

Alexander Schabert

Senior Director Global Bus Sales, ChargePoint

alexander schabert chargepoint

Energy supply, charging infrastructures, financing partner

Valerio Vadacchino

Head of eBus Global e-City, Enel X

valerio vadacchino enel x

Monitoring batteries to improve bus performances

Claudius Jehle

CEO, Volytica Diagnostics

Claudius Jehle volytica

Predictive maintenance: scenarios of a crucial sector

Miguel Franco

VP Business Development, Stratio

miguel franco stratio

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“The economics of zero emission buses. Costs, trends and tools to support the transition” is the first event of the Sustainable Bus Tour 2022.

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