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  • Europe
  • Electric vehicle
  • Electromobility
  • Emissions
  • European Research projects

ELectrIfication of Public Transport In Cities

Optimising existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock in order to reduce costs and energy consumption

ELIPTIC aimed to develop new use concepts and business cases in order to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy. The project aimed to strengthen the role of electric public transport, leading to reduced fossil fuel consumption and improved air quality.

To achieve this goal, ELIPTIC analysed 23 use cases within 11 cities (Barcelona, Bremen, Brussels, Eberswalde, Gdynia, Lanciano, Leipzig, London, Oberhausen, Szeged, Warsaw) and in three thematic pillars. The project aimed to support the uptake and exploitation of results by developing guidelines and tools for upgrading and regenerating electric public transport systems. ELIPTIC also advocated for an electric public transport sector at the political level and helps develop political support for the electrification of public transport across Europe. With a strong focus on end users, ELIPTIC use case analyses focused on three thematic pillars:

  • Safe integration of e-buses into existing electric public transport infrastructure through recharging them “en route” and upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolleyhybrids and automatic wiring/de-wiring technology
  • Smart energy management upgrade of electric public transport systems for rail
  • Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure, e.g. for safe recharging of non-public transport vehicles.

ELIPTIC was coordinated by the City of Bremen.

Key results

  • ELIPTIC policy recommendations: The goal of the ELIPTIC policy recommendations is to share the insights our use cases have made with regard to the electrification of bus fleets in their cities and how existing electric public transport systems can be used for the charging of other electric vehicles.
  • Use Case final brochure: The overall aim of ELIPTIC was to develop new concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric infrastructure and rolling stock use. This brochure recaps all insights gathered by the ELIPTIC use case sites.

More ELIPTIC deliverables can be found on MyLibrary (UITP Members only).

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  • 35


  • June 2015-May 2018


  • €6m



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