may, 2021

20may11:50 am12:30 pmTransitioning towards E-buses: barriers and opportunities

Event Details

Transitioning towards E-buses: barriers and opportunities

Thursday, 20th of May, 11:50-12:30 CEST

Language: English

As e-buses are becoming more commercially viable, they are emerging as a viable option for cities to reduce their transport emissions, improve their energy efficiency and security and improve passenger comfort by reducing noise pollution. However, e-buses still present technological, financial, and institutional barriers. One of the main challenges in most cities is building a reliable, stable, and sustainable grid and charging infrastructure. With the difficulties of building such infrastructure comes the need of large financial investments for redesigning streets to incorporate the necessary infrastructure, as well as, for policies enabling the renewal of the current formal and informal bus fleet.

This session will focus on how local authorities have started to adopt e-buses. Aside from exploring the challenges and opportunities of this technology, the panelists will also share insights on how e-buses are part of their sustainable mobility system.


Welcome and introduction by the moderator Tu My Tran, Head of Sustainable Mobility, ICLEI World Secretariat (5 mins)

Presentation by Bhushan Tuladhar, Board Member at Sajha Yatayat (5 mins)

Presentation by Mats Rosenquist, Public Partnerships, Volvo Group (5 mins)

Presentation by Çağlar Tukel, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey (5 mins)

Panel discussion and Q&A from the audience (20 mins)



(Thursday) 11:50 am - 12:30 pm


Autonomy 10 Rue de Penthièvre, Paris, île-de-France 75008, France

Speakers for this event

  • Tu My Tran

    Tu My Tran

    Head of Sustainable Mobility

    Tu My leads the Sustainable Mobility Program at ICLEI, overseeing the EcoMobility and EcoLogistics Initiatives which aim to support cities in their transition towards integrated, socially-inclusive, and environmentally-friendly mobility systems for people and goods. Tu My has more than 10 years of experience in urban development working on a range of issues from climate change and energy to resilience and gender. In the field of mobility, she has curated programs highlighting transport innovations and provided mobility policy and planning advice to cities. Her background is in international relations and management.

    Head of Sustainable Mobility

  • Bhushan Tuladhar

    Bhushan Tuladhar

    Board Member at Sajha Yatayat

    Bhushan Tuladhar is a Board Member of Sajha Yatayat, a public transport cooperative in Nepal where he is leading its efforts to introduce e-buses. He is also the Chairperson of Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO) and Clean Energy Nepal (CEN). Previously, he has served as the Chief Technical Advisor South Asia for UN-Habitat’s Urban Basic Services Branch and headed the Environment Department of Kathmandu Metropolitan City. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University and over 25 years of experience on urban environmental issues.

    Board Member at Sajha Yatayat

  • Mats Rosenquist

    Mats Rosenquist

    Public Partnerships, Volvo Group

    Mats Rosenquist works at the Volvo Group department for Innovation ecosystems and Partnerships in Gothenburg Sweden, with focus on developing public partnerships in sustainable transport solutions for commercial vehicles. Mats has been with Volvo since 1990 active in various areas such as; telematics, vehicle automation, road safety, electromobility, transport solutions and ITS. He has been located in the US and in China for the Volvo Group initiating research and innovation activities. Mats is also co-working group leader of the Connectivity and Automated Driving working group at the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), and he is member of the Coordination Committee at the European Council of Automotive R&D (EUCAR).

    Public Partnerships, Volvo Group