Balance shifts in public transport | Operators and industry in the energy transition era

Join the talk on May 9th 2024, 14.00 CET, at Next Mobility Exhibition in Milan





Balance shifts in public transport | Operators and industry in the energy transition era

Public transport is currently undergoing significant changes in operational and financial dynamics due to factors such as changing consumer preferences, technological advancements, and environmental imperatives.

The trend towards internationalization is particularly noteworthy, with major operators expanding their reach beyond traditional boundaries to explore global markets.

Moreover, macro trends like electrification and on-demand transportation are reshaping business models, prompting operators to embrace innovation and flexibility. Meanwhile, industry players, including OEMs and component providers, are grappling with significant investments and the challenge of profitability amidst evolving technology and emissions standards.

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The framework

During 2023 the number of e-buses registered in Europe has passed the 6,000 mark. The zero emission bus market can only grow, with a +53% achieved in Europe in 2023 on 2022.

E-buses in 2023 commanded a 42% share of the city bus market in Europe, a substantial leap from 30% in 2023, 22.8% in 2022, 15% in 2021. A clear indication of this trend was clear at Busworld Europe 2023, where over 50% of the buses displayed were powered by batteries. Taking into account only city buses, 96% of them were zero emission.

While energy transition remains a driving force on the political agenda, challenges such as energy crisis, inflation, and supply shocks pose tests to the plans of OEMs and operators’ strategies. Transportation remains a pivotal player in achieving emission reduction targets. Flexibility emerges as a core value, with on-demand transportation vying for a growing share in the market. MaaS remains a key topic. Driverless technologies are attracting significant investments, prompting discussions on their future role within public transport systems.


The Sustainable Bus Tour’s initiative was launched in 2021 and it’s now at its 4th edition. So far developed in digital way, through webinars and VideoSpotlights, in 2024 the Sustainable Bus Tour becomes a fully in-person initiative with events planned in the framework of the exhibitions Next Mobility Exhibitions in Milan and Euro Mobility Expo in Strasbourg.

The Agenda

Opening and introduction

Sustainable Bus

Skills, strategies and business model of public transport operators at the test of energy transition

Flavio Grazian

Project Manager Knowledge and Innovation, UITP

flavio grazian uitp

Milan’s roadmap for zero emission bus operation: ATM’s strategy

Paolo Marchetti

Head of Business Development, ATM Milano

paolo marchetti atm milano

RATP, global strategies for an international business

Tommaso Rosa

Head of Marketing & Customer Experience, RATP Dev Italy

ZF brand new e-axle AxTrax 2 for the evolving need of public transport

Bernd Wachter

Director CV Sales Bus EMEA, ZF

bernd wachter

Not just a bus seller: Iveco Group’s new division for mobility solutions

Petros Spinaris

Head of Bus Energy Mobility Solutions, IVECO BUS

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Balance shifts in public transport | Operators and industry in the energy transition era” is the first event of the Sustainable Bus Tour 2024.
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