ICLEI City Dialogues is a series of peer-to-peer learning exchanges among cities in the Global South. It provides a platform for cities to discuss their experiences with the introduction of e-buses within their public transport systems. The program also builds links between the cities and a pool of interdisciplinary regional and global experts in the field.
Participating cities exchanged their strategies for dealing with the institutional, technical, and financial challenges and opportunities to transition toward e-bus fleets. In addition, City Dialogues broaden the discussion on the electrification of the bus fleet by including the governance and spatial implications of retrofitting the existing public transport systems.
The City Dialogues series equip the participants with the ability to:
Asia (India and Indonesia)
“From the DFI’s perspective, to enable optimized operational solutions, we are looking at bankable investments in terms of innovation and finance elements. Innovations such as different financial mechanisms and operational models that could be brought in. All DFI’s encourage and promote it because the DFI’s activities are not limited under the ambit of the different schemes that the government of India might have. We can also promote innovation outside it.”
Swati Khanna, KfW, India
“It is necessary to take into account everything the infrastructure for the bus depots: substations, electricity supply, and voltage. It is necessary to have a robust technical team that can guarantee that the daily operation will be achieved. However, it is still a new technology, so there is nothing else to do but to monitor and try to have as much data as possible. In that way, we can have a constant review of the performance, autonomy, charging times, and battery cycles….monitor, monitor, monitor.”
Mariana Bulos Rodriguez, Director of the fare collection system, Jalisco Ministry of Transportation, Mexico
“We are looking to solve the issue of public transportation and electrification, and to reduce GHG emissions. In this process there are indirect benefits that are difficult to measure, such as in health. How much will we save over time with the reduction of health costs with respiratory diseases? Besides health, we can also mention indirect gains in traffic. And also not depending on the fluctuation of fuel prices, among others. These advantages are already more than enough reasons to move cities toward electromobility.”
Odilson Gomes Bráz Jr. , Secretary for Administrative Management and Finance of São José dos Campos, Brazil
“The limited budget and the provision of infrastructure such as central charging stations are some of the challenges for Bogor City to implement e-buses. Cooperation and assistance from various parties such as the national government and NGOs are required to support the implementation.”
Ms. Febby Lestari, Sub-coordinator of Economy and Natural Resources of the Bogor City Development Planning Agency, Indonesia
“The main barrier that we have for adopting E-buses in Kigali is the hight capital cost, but for this we conducted and assessment of the total cost of ownership (TCO). When there is no subsidy considered the E-buses’ TCO is equal to ICE buses throughout a lifespan of 12 years. But if you introduce a subsidy, after 3 years, e-buses are more cost-effective. If we also take into into account other relevant parameters such as fuel consumption, co2 emissions, fuel cost, and maintenance cost, the e-buses are way more beneficial in the log run”
Francois Zirkana, E-mobility specialist. City of Kigali, Rwanda