A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO ACCELERATE THE INTEGRATION OF ELECTRIC BUSES INTO EXISTING PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEMS
The project COSTART aims to mitigate barriers to the application of electric buses (e-buses) into existing Public Transport (PT) systems. Therefore, the comprehensive approach COSTART with partners from different countries addresses actual research issues on two different levels. The theory level include component, Vehicle & Fleet simulations with specified configuration parameters concerning e. g. bus type, on-board components like Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and battery size under consideration of operating requirements and environmental conditions. The Decision tool (DT) with guidelines which support the decision-making process on business and social economics levels under consideration of a comprehensive socio-technical analysis, is the practice level. Thus, COSTART responds to both vehicle engineering issues, as well as operations and management.
The main goal is to determine important operating parameters of e-buses for PT fleet optimisation, especially during an inevitable transition period going from conventional to electric buses. The socio-technical systems analysis contains basically three governance policy levels: strategy, tactics and operations. A core methodology here is process evaluation. By following the various steps in in planning and operation, analyses will “tell the story” of e-bus testing and implementation in order for followers to gain experience. After integration of the policy analysis data, the DT will be finalised by the development of assessment models, intended to increase transparency of operating costs, increase awareness of social economics benefits, point out traps and pitfalls, and show influences of costs on the decision-making process in strategic questions.
Duration: 30 months
Partner Countries: DE, NL, NO, SE, TR