The transition from fossil fuelled to zero-emission public transport is a massive challenge and we are just starting to learn and appreciate what operational challenges the actors in the eBus ecosystem face when trying to make the transition economically viable whilst meeting service requirements posed by the Public and local governments. Why? Because the operational uncertainty in zero emission bus operations is a factor higher than fossil fuelled operations:
From single (diesel) tank to multiple daily charging cycles
From predictable energy usage to non-linear usage patterns
From static line planning to dynamic line and charge planning
From low operational risk to higher operational vulnerability
Buying extra assets to comply with concession requirements is very costly and hence new, cross-actor innovations are required to allow zero emission concessions to become profitable and reliable.
The CYB platform is addressing a number of critical business questions related to the above:
How do I ensure that I can plan and monitor across different eBus makes and models
How do I get access to bus, battery and charging data sets as well as exception alerts that are needed for tactical and operational planning?
How can I extend the range of my zero-emission bus fleet? What constitutes an optimal drive style and how can I instruct drivers to drive more energy efficiently?
How should I schedule charging during day and in-night depot for various lines – can we plan more dynamically making use of real time traffic, battery, other data?
Batteries are costly and are a key factor for sustainable and long-term eBus deployment. Therefore, the use of the batteries needs to comply to warranty terms and conditions. How can I best manage compliance?
How many eBuses and in what battery pack configurations, do I need for a certain line/route and/or concession?