After six successful events in the partner regions the TUMI tour arrived in Paris for the final Global city dialogue in March 2023. The final tour was led by the TUMI E-Bus Mission partner ICLEI. A total to seven cities namely Porto Algere, São José dos Campos, Cuenca, Quito, Medellín, Mérida and Puebla participated in the event.
The day one (21st March) focused on the topic of E-Bus Technology and Digitalization. The day focused to facilitate a discussion among participating cities on technology & digitization, to understand the barriers and opportunities they have in the adoption and operations of e-buses. Further, the cities got an opportunity to speak with three innovative solution providers where they discussed their specific technological needs. The solution providers were:
ebusplan GmbH, which presented potential solutions on topics like block planning & scheduling, charging management and evaluation of log data from operations. The presentation further elaborated on key questions for strategic system design of Battery electric bus projects.
IVU Traffic Technologies, elaborated on how they are co-operating with other industry partners to provide a comprehensive IT solution for e-bus project managers. Their comprehensive solution caters to different stages of e-bus projects like strategic planning, vehicle scheduling, charging phase planning, depot management and vehicle dispatch. The presentation further elaborated on the importance of forecasting energy demand for electric bus projects and what are the key influencing technical vehicle parameters and operational conditions that influence the energy consumption.
TWAICE, presented and discussed on how implementing battery analytics could support the cities in increasing the lifetime of E-buses and simultaneously reduce the project TCO. Further they answered following key questions in 3 break out sessions with the participant cities:
– pre-requisites for implementation of battery analytics
– how to maximize value from battery analytics?
– what should be the city’s requirements from operators to manage the E-bus projects?
The day ended with a presentation by GIZ on The Grand Challenge (GC) an aggregated E-bus procurement approach from India. The presentation elaborated on how 5 Indian cities rolled out e-buses with an aggregated E-bus procurement approach and how the country is now looking forward to procure around 50000 E-buses in the coming years under the National Electric Bus Programme (NEBP).
Days two & three (22nd – 23rd March) focused on networking and learning about the latest solutions at the Autonomy Mobility World Expo. The city representatives were facilitated with guided tour to around 20 relevant solution providers, by the terrific partnerships team of AUTONOMY co-led Carolina Cominotti & Franca Fellmann. Some of the booths visited by the delegation included 2Hire, Avere-France : Electric vehicles Agency, DOET, Flowbird Group, GEOTAB, ioki, Intelligent Transport, Fifteen – Augmented Bike Networks, MaaS Alliance, MICHELIN – Mobility Intelligence, EIT Urban Mobility, DEKRA, ChargePoint, etc.