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Electric Buses
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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 in cooperation with the Marseille Public Transport Company (Régie des Transports Métropolitains – RTM). The course will offer a comprehensive overview of the electric solution for urban bus networks, from the setting of a city strategy, the choice of technology and the battery, the procurement of buses, all the way to the implementation and operation of the system. In addition to our interactive plenary sessions, workshops will allow participants to apply their learnings in small groups and a site visit and demonstration of electric buses in Marseille will be organised.

"Excellent Programme with great opportunity for networking. Topics chosen were relevant and helped me to develop a deeper understanding of the potential for electric buses. Would definitely recommend you attend this course if you have an interest in implementing electric buses."
(Yam Donn, Manager Bus Assets, Land Transport Authority, Singapore - Edition Barcelona 2017)

"An excellent course for those that are considering electrification of bus public transport to improve quality of life of the passengers as well as the residents that live along the routes."
(Danny Ilioiu, Director R&D MTA New York CIty Transit, Regional Bus Operations - Edition Geneva 2016)

Learning Objectives

  • 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
  • Learn from experience on how to implement and run electric bus lines successfully
  • Understand the implications for operations and infrastructure
  • Learn about the implementation and running of electric buses in Marseille

Target Audience

  • 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.


  • Get inspired by our trainers, understand the main aspects of electric buses and learn from successful 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

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.



Marc Vanhoutte, Corporate Bus Fleet Director at Transdev, France
Stefan Baguette, Group Market Analyst, Alexander Dennis Limited, UK
Noshin Omar,  Head of Battery Innovation Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Brussel, Belgium



"A unique opportunity to meet with operators, OEM's and e-mobility solution providers with the aim of reviewing and understanding the challenges and opportunities of operating electric buses. Be prepared to actively participate in engaging discussions and rethink your views on the future of the electric bus!"
(Alexandre McCraw Project Manager e-Mobility, Solutions ABB - Edition Barcelona 2017)

Session 1: 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?

Session 2: The impact on operations

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. International best practice will present return on experience from the operation of electric fleets across Europe and the world.  

Session 4 & 5: Batteries, infrastructure & auxiliaries

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, standardization of the connection or the technical evolution of the battery.
A specific session is dedicated to the battery.

Session 6: 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.



20% VAT excluded

Until 04/01/2018

After 04/01/2018


1210 €

1610 €

Member « developing nations »*

885 €

1175 €


1635 €

2170 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

1095 €

1465 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +)

1130 €

Group UITP Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

830 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +)

1520 €

Group UITP non Member (4 or +) « developing nations »*

1020 €

* 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

Participation fees include:

  • Training instruction
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • All training documents: Binder including all presentations and supporting documents; Access to all training material via UITP's electronic library Mobi+ (after the training)

Groups generally consist of 25 participants and are limited to about 30 in order to increase the learning experience and interaction during the programme. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Terms and Conditions

Please download our Terms and Conditions here.

Contact Person

Sunita Kelecom, Training Assistant, UITP Centre for Training, sunita.kelecom@uitp.org, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 

Training Venue

Régie des transports de Marseille (RTM)
79 Boulevard de Dunkerque
13002 Marseille



Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Hotels nearby the training venue

Hotel Novotel Suites Marseille Centre Euromed (****)
33 Boulevard de Dunkerque
13002 Marseille
Phone: 0033 4 91 01 56 50

Golden Tulip Marseille Euromed (****)
6 Place Henri Verneuil
13002 Marseille
Phone: 0033 4 88 91 22 70

Hotel Ibis Marseille Centre Euromed (***)
25 Boulevard de Dunkerque
13002 Marseille
Phone: 0033 4 91 99 25 20




Marc Vanhoutte, Corporate Bus Fleet Director at Transdev, France
Stefan Baguette, Group Market Analyst, Alexander Dennis Limited, UK
Noshin Omar,  Head of Battery Innovation Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Brussel, Belgium



This training programme is kindly hosted by Régie des transports de Marseille (RTM)



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