Arriva, Heliox, VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Advancing charging infrastructure and energy management
What is happening
In the eBRT2030 project, the dedicated BRT-line will be located in the Meierij (North Brabant East). In addition, it was recently announced that 20 Zero Emission (ZE) public transport buses will be introduced in the town of Uden. Therefore, the innovations of this project will be implemented in that region as well.
The demo in the Eindhoven region focuses on innovation related to charging infrastructures and energy management within battery status and charge. During the eBRT project, project partners will focus on preserving battery life by always charging the battery at the right speed and the right temperature with bi-directional charging. Simulations have shown that a >20% battery life is realistic in this scenario. Moreover, we will create an interregional BRT line which will cover 250km road. Advancing the BRT-line in the Eindhoven region should help to fight traffic bottlenecks and drastically reduce travel time. Therefore, we plan to make use of dynamic bus lanes which can be used in both directions, depending on the current traffic situation and timetable. This will ensure a reliable operation, optimal use of the available space and infrastructure, and a comfortable journey for our drivers and passengers.
Moreover, we will implement off-vehicle fare payment. By letting our customers check in and out their smartcard, bankcard or phone at the stops, we can reduce dwell times, increase average speed and reliability. All-in all, the case of Eindhoven EBRT line will offer approximately 7 million electric BRT km’s on a yearly basis serving travellers during broad opening hours. Applying all the above-mentioned innovations to the EBRT will help us to offer an even more sustainable transport solution in terms of asset management, energy usage and traffic congestion.