Problem: At the moment, many public transit bus fleets are still utilizing fossil-fuel powered vehicles. While many systems are transitioning to hybrid models, there are not many 100% emissions-free bus lines around the world.
Solution: A bus that is 100% electric, wire-free, and able to be re-charged at stations that are equipped with charging points.
- New electric busses by Swiss manufacturer HESS will use flash-charging technology that will enable batteries mounted on bus roofs to be charged in 20 seconds (while passengers enter and exit) with 600-kilowatts at stations where charging ports are installed.
- Busses are hooked to the charge point in less than 1 second. Charging stations at the end of line terminals will provide full charges to the busses before their next route.
- The city of Nantes, France is adopting this technology for a full route (Line 4).
- Electric busses are not only emissions free, they also produce much less noise than conventional busses.
- municipal transportation authorities
- transit riders
- communities along bus transit routes
First 3 Steps:
- Document the performance of Line 4 in Nantes for a period of time after the new bus rollout (vehicles and stations)
- Make improvements and fixes where necessary for both vehicles and infrastructure
- Market the bus system to transit authorities that have aging bus fleets and are looking to upgrade to sustainable models