Are transit properties seriously looking at integrating electric buses into their fleets? New technology is making this increasingly feasible. For example, 12 ultra-fast charging electric TOSA buses will go into service in Geneva. Developed by ABB, ultra-fast (or flash) charging system needs just 15 seconds to recharge part of energy to get to the next stop. Charging power is 400 kW. However, 15 seconds is still not enough for a full charge, so at the end of the route they will charge for up to 300 seconds (5 minutes).
Are transit properties planning for the arrival of electric, driverless vehicle technology?
Yutong, a leading Chinese bus manufacturer, has after three years of development sent its self-driving bus on a 20-mile intercity drive in Zhengzhou. According to the company, the self-driving bus drove the entire route in regular traffic without human assistance. The bus hit a top speed of 68 km/h, passed 26 traffic lights and was able to change lanes without any problem.
This autumn, a city in the Netherlands will become the first to allow fully autonomous shuttles, known as WEpods, regularly on its public roads–in the form of a small bus carting people between two towns.
The increasing use of pooled ridesharing offered by Uber and others is taking market share from transit. How are transit properties preparing for tomorrow?