Electric Buses

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Participants recommend this programme

"Bus electrification is a  trendy topic for all stakeholders involved in public transport. Quality of trainers and sharing experiences and knowledge with other attendants makes this training great."
Eduard Cabrera, ATM (Public Transport Authority of Barcelona Region) - Madrid edition, 2019

"Fantastic event. Complex content was presented simply and comprehensibly. Great mix of people."
Martin Neubauer, IPT Technology - Madrid edition, 2019

What to expect

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 Academy 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 presentation sessions, workshops will allow participants to apply their learnings in small groups and a demonstration of electric buses will be organised.

Reach your 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
  • 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

Who is is 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, understand the main aspects of electric buses 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.


"The first step towards electrifying your public transport network is understanding the needs, impact and constraints on your organisation, infrastructure, operations and so much more. This programme provides you with enough information, incentives and a big knowledge base, to set up, expand or adjust your project."
Yves Mans, De Lijn, Belgium - Madrid edition, 2019

UITP reserves the right to make amendments to the programme or any related activities.

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 buses, 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 ebus 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 buses 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.


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.



19% VAT excluded

Until 06/01/2020

After 06/01/20


1210 €

1690 €

Member « developing nations »*

885 €

1235 €


1635 €

2280 €

Non-member « developing nations »*

1095 €

1540 €

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
  • Training material: all presentations and support documents. Access to all training material via UITP's electronic library, MyLibrary (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 Academy, sunita.kelecom@uitp.org, Tel: +32-2-663 66 57

Practical information: 

Training Venue

Halle 13
Hellbrookstraße 2-6
22305 Hamburg

Metro: Saarlandstraße (U3)


Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservation.

Heikotel Am Stadtpark  (***)
Flüggestraße 5
22303 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 - 278 40 0

Heikotel Stadtpark Residenz  (***)
Flüggestraße 6
22303 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 - 278 40 0

Heikotel City Nord  (***)
Lauensteinstraße 155
22307 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 - 632 90 30

Holliday Inn Hamburg - City Nord  (****)
Kapstadtring 2a
22297 Hamburg
Phone : +49 40 999990


This programme is organised in collaboration with our UITP Regional Training Centre in Hamburg, hosted by Hamburger Hochbahn

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