This week Business Region Göteborg, which has the mission to create long term sustainable growth in the Gothenburg region, hosted a full day seminar dedicated to the electric hybrid bus technologies and services.
The focus of the day was primarily on the ElectriCity bus project that is run by a close partnership between Västtrafik, (public transport authority in Region Västra Götaland), Göteborg Energi (City of Gothenburg), Johanneberg Science Park (Chalmers), Lindholmen Science Park (Chalmers), Business Region Göteborg and the Volvo Group.
The electrification of buses is a qualifier for:
Silent, clean and potentially carbon emission free bus travel
Which in turn is an enabler for:
- Indoor bus stops
- Bus services close to residential areas sensitive to noise
- Bus services in tunnels that need costly ventilation
and much much more…
I liked the inspiring ideas from the Science parks that look at new business opportunities in connection to making the public transports more attractive for the users. Ideas that provide answers to challenges such as indoor bus stops, connected services to the journey, personal travel advice (such as an accident on the route can generate a recommendation for a new route) or reservation of a bike in a bike pool close to the terminus.
Ulrika Bokeberg at Västtrafik moderated the meeting and led the panel discussion that involved Nils-Olof Nylund (VTT Helsinki), Rolf Hagman (TOI, Oslo), Leif Magnusson (VGR, Göteborg), Kåre Albrechtsen (cph-electric, Copenhagen), Lotta Brändstrom (Göteborg Energi) and myself.
With the exception of Helsinki, it seems that most cities focus on promoting electrombility for cars instead of electrification of the bus fleet. This is somewhat hard to understand since most buses are used more than 10 hours per day while most cars are used less than two hours per day…