Training and Study Tour on Electric Buses


  
  
 
 
Training and Study Tour on Electric Buses
  • Training
23/09/2019
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27/09/2019
  • Belgium - France - Switzerland

About: 

UITP’s training programme and study tour gives the opportunity to join a unique learning event composed of a three days in-depth classroom learning experience and a field visit to 4 electric bus deployment sites in Europe with a diversity of technologies and operation strategies to discover:

  • The battery plug-in and opportunity charging operations in Brussels, Belgium
  • The plug-in hybrid operations in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium
  • The plug-in overnight charging operations in Paris, France
  • The flash charging operations in Geneva, Switzerland

Participants can choose between:

  • The three days training programme in Brussels on 23-25th September (including the visit of electric buses in Brussels)
  • OR, the study tour on 25-27th September (Brussels, Namur, Paris, Geneva)
  • OR, a combination of both, the training and the study tour on 23-27th September (Brussels, Namur, Paris, Geneva) – allowing you to benefit from a special discount!

 

  • Click here for more information on the Training Programme (23-25th September)
  • Click here for more information on the Study Tour (25-27th September)
  • Switch to the next pages for the full programme overview and session details, registration, practical information and speakers

Training Programme in Brussels (23-24-25 September 2019)

With most metropolitan areas targeting zero-emission environments, an increasing number of cities and transport companies are considering a fully-electric solution for their urban bus network. In this context, the UITP Centre for Training designed this training programme on Electric Buses offering a comprehensive overview of the electric solution for urban bus networks: from the setting of a city strategy, an update of today’s global market offer for electric buses, the definition of a charging strategy and the choice of technology to the procurement of buses and all the way to the implementation and operation of the system. In addition to interactive plenary sessions, workshops will allow participants to apply their learnings in small groups and demonstrations of electric buses will be organised.

Reach your objectives

Introduce the electric solution, the different types of technologies and compare their benefits and drawbacks

  • Introduce the electric solution, the different types of technologies and compare their benefits and drawbacks
  • Understand how to get value from electric buses looking at their economic, environmental and societal feasibility
  • Understand how to develop an operational and charging strategy
  • Learn from experience on how to plan, implement and run electric bus lines successfully
  • Understand the implications for operations and infrastructure
  • Learn from successful electric bus procurement
  • Understand how technology and data management can help optimising your operations and maintenance
  • Learn about the implementation and operations of electric buses in Brussels, Namur, Paris and Geneva (three last cities only in the study tour)

Who is it for?

  • Project managers, engineers and other professionals eager to learn more about the technology, the implementation and the running of electric buses
  • Staff from public transport operators or authorities planning to extend a fully-electric solution to the core part of the urban bus network
  • Staff from the bus industry worldwide involved in the market uptake of electric buses
  • Professionals interested in obtaining a wider and international perspective on electric buses and eager to learn more from international best practice

A good level of English is a compulsory requirement to attend the training

A top level methodology

  • Get inspired by our trainers and learn from successful international best practice
  • Participate to interactive plenary sessions with introduction by course leaders, presentation by the trainer and open discussion with participants
  • Challenge your practical knowledge on the technology, the implementation and the running of electric buses
  • Address the topic from an international perspective, enriched by different cultural approaches and points of views
  • Participate to workshops allowing you to apply on a concrete case the main principles and tools learned
  • Benefit from a unique exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals

UITP Training Programmes and all related processes are certified for ISO29990:2010 – the standard for learning services for non-formal education and training.

Study tour  on 25-26-27 September 2019 (Brussels, Namur, Paris and Geneva)

The objective of the study tour is to showcase a diversity of technologies and electric bus deployments integrated in their operational context in three different countries. Each day will be composed of presentations by public transport operators on the implementation and operations of their buses followed by a visit of the charging infrastructure, depots and a ride on one of more of their electric buses.  

Why Brussels, Namur, Paris and Geneva?

  • Cities implementing some of the largest electric bus fleets in Europe
  • Diversity of technologies used, from overnight and opportunity charging in Brussels, plug-in overnight charging in Paris, flash charging in Geneva (TOSA) and plug-in hybrid electric buses in Namur, Wallonia.
  • The proximity of cities and possibilities to travel easily by train in the late afternoon or evening from Brussels to Paris and further on to Geneva.
  • The existence of large and international airport in Brussels for the arrival and in Geneva for the return trip.

Brussels, Belgium: The public transport operator in Brussels (STIB/MIVB) operates 7 ‘midibus’, 5 standard and 25 articulated busses, using overnight depot charging and opportunity charging at depots and in the city centre. Currently these buses (of 2 different busmakers) are running in commercial service on 4 lines. The visit will consist of visiting the charging infrastructure in the depots and in the city centre and riding one or more of the buses.

Hosting public transport operator: STIB/MIVB

Namur, Belgium: the public transport operator in Wallonia (TEC) runs a large fleet of 46 plug-in hybrid electric standard buses (PHEV) in the city of Namur. The buses are operating in a zero-emission mode in urban environments and switch to diesel for regional and inter-urban operations, making it an interesting use case for small and medium sized cities. The visit will consist of presentations on the implementation and operations of the buses followed by a tour on PHEV bus and a visit of the charging infrastructure.

Hosting public transport operator: TEC

Paris, France: The public transport operator in Paris (RATP) currently operates a fleet of 85 electric buses with 77 more e-buses to be operational by October 2019. Particularly interesting is the reorganisation of the workshops and depots necessary to a smooth integration of this new fleet. Furthermore, with an order of more than 800 more electric buses, Paris will be a leading city in Europe in scaling up the electrification of the city’s bus fleet! The visit will consist of presentation on the implementation and operation of the electric bus fleet followed by a visit of the charging infrastructure and depot and a ride one of the buses.

Hosting public transport operator: RATP

Geneva, Switzerland: Geneva’s public transport operator (TPG) operates a fully electric bus line using the TOSA concept (Trolleybus optimisation système alimentation) which is composed of opportunity and flash-charging infrastructure installed at line ends and along the line corridor. It allows an efficient electric bus operations without the constraints of long depot charging. Furthermore the existence of a large trolleybus and tramway network makes it an interesting synergy example from the point of view of electrical infrastructure. The visit will consist of presentations on the implementation and operations of the electric bus fleet, followed by a visit of the depot, charging infrastructure, of the battery trolley buses and a tour on a TOSA bus.

Hosting public transport operator: TPG

lnspiring Trainers

Our skillful trainers are composed of international experts and professionals with extensive experience and knowledge in the strategic, operational and technological areas of electric buses.

  • Noshin Omar, Noshin Omar, CEO Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering, Brussels, Belgium
  • Stefan Baguette, Group Market Analyst, Alexander Dennis Limited, UK
  • Tanguy Bouton, Energy Transformation Business Manager, Transdev Group, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France
  • Hugo Bitouzé, Account Manager, ViriCiti, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Speakers: 

Noshin Omar, CEO Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering, Brussels, Belgium

Stefan Baguette, Group Market Analyst, Alexander Dennis Limited, UK
Tanguy Bouton, Energy Transformation Business Manager, Transdev Group, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France

Hugo Bitouzé, Account Manager, ViriCiti, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

Programme: 

Participants can choose between:

  1. The three days training programme in Brussels on 23-25th September
  2. The study tour on 25-27th September (Brussels, Namur, Paris, Geneva)
  3. A combination of both, the training and the study tour on 23-27th September (Brussels, Namur, Paris, Geneva)

UITP reserves the right to make amendments to the programme or any related activity

Training content (23-25th September 2019)

Introduction: An electric solution for urban bus networks

What is an electric bus and how can electric buses contribute to making public transport network competitive and our cities sustainable? What are the drivers and barriers when it comes to the choice of technology? How can it affect the institutional organisation and governance in a city? What are the financial constraints and benefits of implementing an electric bus line? What risks exist and what can be the impact on costs?

This session includes:

  • The policy context and city strategies for the introduction of electric buses
  • Legislation/policy aspect: how to incentivize e-buses deployment with a focus on the EU Clean Vehicles Directive mandatory country targets and other international examples
  • Current state of the global electric bus market, the products on offer
  • Main challenges for deployment: upfront costs, operational requirements, procurement, interoperability, cooperation with energy sector
  • Planification of charging infrastructure, a quite critical part when planning to deploy e-buses
  • The system approach and steps of an implementation and deployment process

E-bus technology, charging infrastructure & product overview

This session will look into new auxiliaries and technologies used to run electric busses, whether it be the installation and running of charging infrastructure, the impact on information technology systems, driver assistance and standardisation of the connection or the technical evolution of the battery.

This session includes:

  • An insight into vehicles (battery, plus-in hybrid, trolley, fuel cell) and infrastructure (overnight and opportunity charging, charging when moving)
  • Driveline – Batteries – auxiliary components & HVAC – technology & maintenance – infrastructure costs – examples of best practice
  • Updated e-bus product overview: latest models and trends
  • Figures and market numbers
  • Types of pantographs
  • In-motion charging

Planning and developing an electric bus operation

From line management and maintenance to training of personnel, driving and safety, the operations of a fully electric bus line differs substantially from that of a traditional bus line. The importance of studying the initial operational needs are key to successfully introducing electric buses, as much as the design and dimensioning of the line according to the energy supply and usage. We can see now that the thinking is shifting from choosing the technology of the bus and then the charging infrastructure to looking at the type charging infrastructure that can be implemented on the network and then the technology of the bus. International best practice will present return on experience from the operation of electric fleets across Europe and the world. 

This session includes:

  • Challenges for vehicle procurement
  • Requirements and performance: standardization, interoperability
  • Context and operational constraints: operational needs, charging scenarios, charging strategies
  • System specification: charging infrastructure, vehicle and battery
  • Impact on operations: LCC, Maintenance, Data, autonomy and performance
  • Contractual framework: system approach, share of risks, commitment
  • How to implement electric busses successfully
  • International experience in operating electric buses

Batteries for electric buses

Technologies – cell type – behaviour – management systems – lifetime – standards – safety – thermal management – models.

Energy consumption measurement tools and (e)-SORT (Standardised on-road Tests Cycles)

The SORT project ('Standardised On-Road Test cycles'), an initiative of the UITP Bus Committee, first aimed at providing the bus sector with a standardised means of comparing the energy consumption of different buses when procuring buses at tender stage. To meet the changing needs of the sector, SORT has recently expanded its scope to include electric buses. The newly branded ‘E-SORT’ has the aim to measure, in an accurate and reproducible way, the traction energy consumption and to obtain information on the Zero Emissions range of a bus.

The power of data in electric bus operations

Energy consumption, charging and overall performance need be monitored and managed in the most optimal way to ensure efficient and seamless electric bus operations. How to intelligently use data to achieve such performance will be presented and discussed in this session.

The procurement and commissioning process

To successfully implement and run fully electric line, it is essential to make the tendering process evolve from a simple vehicle purchase to the tendering of a comprehensive electric system, taking into account life cycle costs, charging infrastructure, batteries, economic models, leasing and renting, etc.

This session includes:

Tendering electric bus operations – financial constraints – Launching a request for quotation – deliverables – specifications – valuing tender criteria

Lessons learnt from operating and maintaining an electric bus fleet

This wrap-up session at the end will look into practice sharing, success factors and lessons learnt from the experience gained by public transport operators in operating large fleet of electric buses and presented by the UITP lead trainer.

Workshop

This workshop is designed to maximise the learning experience by discussing the concepts and examples presented during the day. It allows participants to exchange in small groups and learn from each other’s experience and knowledge. The discussions are led by the trainers.

More specifically participants will work on a real bus line planned to be electrified. On basis of a number of parameters, participants will discuss the challenges of deploying an electric bus fleet.

Registration: 

Please note that the study tour and package (training + study tour) are fully booked. Seats are still available for the training programme on 23-25 September in Brussels. Please contact Sunita Kelecom, sunita.kelecom@uitp.org for more information.

        

* Participants from developing nations benefit from a special discount. Check here the list of eligible countries.

To register a group of 4 persons of more from the same organisation, please contact us: sunita.kelecom@uitp.org - Tel: +32 2 663 66 57

VAT not applicable for this programme with the following exceptions:

21% VAT charge will be applied for companies based in member countries of the EU that do not provide / or do not have a VAT number.
21% VAT charge will be applied to companies based in Belgium with or without VAT number.

Terms and Conditions

Please download our Terms and Conditions here.

Participation fees include:

  • Only Training:
    • Training instruction on 23-25th September 2019
    • Site visits on 25th September 2019 (Brussels)
    • Lunches & coffee break
    • All training documents: Binder including all presentations and supporting documents; Access to all training material via UITP's electronic library, MyLibrary (after the training)
  • Only Study tour:
    • Site visits on 25-27th September 2019 (presentation on ebuses in Brussels, and visits to Namur, Paris, Geneva).
    • Return train ticket to Namur (on 25/09)
    • Lunches & coffee break
    • Access to all material via UITP's electronic library, MyLibrary (after the training)

These costs do not include:

  • Travel to Brussels and return from Geneva
  • Accommodation and evening dinners
  • Travel from Brussels to Paris
  • Travel from Paris to Geneva
  • Training & Study tour:
    • All the above mentioned points
    • On 25/09 participants will only have a presentation of ebuses in Brussels and then travel to Namur to visit hybrid electric buses.

Practical information: 

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangement: to Brussels, from Brussels to Paris and from Paris to Geneva
  • Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation in Brussels, Paris and Geneva (see recommended hotels on the website)
  • Belgium, France and Switzerland are located in the Schengen area, but passport control can occur at any time and any place. A passport and VISA valid in the Schengen area may be needed for some citizens

Training Venue in Brussels (23rd-24th-25th September)

UITP
Rue Sainte-Marie 6
1080 Brussels

Metro: Comte de Flandre/Graaf van Vlaanderen (line 1 or 5) or Tram 51: Porte de Flandre

Accommodation

Hotel Novotel Brussels Off Grand Place (****)
Rue du Marché aux Herbes 120
1000 Brussels
Phone:+32 2 620 04 29
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1030-novotel-brussels-off-grand-place/index.shtml

Hotel Metropole (*****)
31, place de Brouckère
1000 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 217 23 00
https://www.metropolehotel.com/en

Hotel Hilton Brussels Grand Place (****)
Carrefour de l'Europe 3
1000  Brussels
Phone: + 32 2 548 42 11
https://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/brussels-capital-reg/hilton-brussels-grand-place-BRUGRHI/index.html

Hotel Ibis Sainte-Catherine (***)
rue Joseph Plateau N°2
1000  Brussels
Phone: + 32 2 620 04 26
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1454-ibis-brussels-city-centre/index.shtml

Venue in Paris (26th September)

RATP - Lagny Site
67 rue de Lagny
75020 Paris

Metro: Porte de Vincennes (line 1) - a 10 minutes' ride from Gare du Lyon

Travel information to Paris for Wednesday 25th September

  • The group will return from Namur to Brussels city centre at 4.30pm at the latest
  • UITP recommends to book Thalys highspeed train tickets with departures after 6pm: 6.13pm, 6.43pm, 7.13pm, 8.16pm, 8.43pm, 9.13pm (last departure). For more information and booking, please have a look at: https://www.thalys.com/fr/en

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Paris – Gare de Lyon Bastille (****)
11, rue du Lyon
75012 Paris, France
Tel: + 33 1 53 02 20 00
http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/reservation

Novotel Paris Gare de Lyon (****)
2, rue Hector Malot
75012 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 44 67 60 00
http://www.novotel.com/fr/hotel-1735-novotel-paris-gare-de-lyon/index.shtml

CitizenM Paris Gare de Lyon (****)
8, rue Van Gogh
75012 Paris, France
https://www.citizenm.com/destinations/paris/paris-gare-de-lyon-hotel

Venue in Geneva (27th September)

Transports Publics Genevois
17, avenue de la Jonction
1205 Geneva

Travel information to Geneva for Thursday 26th September

  • The group will return to Paris city centre at 3.00pm at the latest
  • TGV trains to Geneva depart from Gare de Lyon station where we recommend to book a hotel (see above)
  • UITP recommends to book TGV highspeed train tickets with departures after 4.00pm: 4.11pm, 6.11pm, 7.11pm (last departure). For more information and booking, please have a look at https://www.sncf.com/en

Accommodation

Hotel Warwick (****)
Rue de Lausanne 14,1201 Genève, Suisse
Tel : +41 22 716 8000
http://warwickhotels.com/fr/geneva/

Hôtel Montbrillant (****)
Rue de Montbrillant 2
1201 Genève
Tel : +41 22 733 77 84 
Fax : +41 22 733 25 11
http://www.montbrillant.ch/fr/

Ibis Styles Geneva Station Hotel (***)
8 Place Cornavin
1201 GENEVE
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8899-ibis-styles-geneva-station/index.shtml

Hotel Excelsior (***)
34 rue Rousseau
1201 Genève
Tél : +41.22.732.09.45
Fax : +41.22.738.43.69
http://www.excelsiorgeneve.ch/

Speakers: 

Noshin Omar, CEO Avesta Battery & Energy Engineering, Brussels, Belgium

Stefan Baguette, Group Market Analyst, Alexander Dennis Limited, UK
Tanguy Bouton, Energy Transformation Business Manager, Transdev Group, Issy-Les-Moulineaux, France

Hugo Bitouzé, Account Manager, ViriCiti, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

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