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ElectriCity – cooperation on tomorrow’s public transport

How do we create preconditions for sustainable and attractive public transport? And what new opportunities arise for urban planning when noise and exhaust fumes disappear? In Gothenburg, Sweden 15 partners from industry, academy and society are now working together to develop, test and demonstrate new solutions for the future. This cooperation goes under the name of ElectriCity. Participants 

Electric bus transport

The testing and evaluation of electric bus operations is a central part of ElectriCity. Since June 2015 electric buses have been operating on route 55 between the two campuses of Chalmers University of Technology in Johanneberg and Lindholmen. In June 2018 demo operations with electric articulated buses will be expanded to include part of route 16 (EL16). The demo buses run on renewable electricity and are extremely energy-efficient, quiet and emission-free. On board the buses there are Wi-Fi and facilities for charging mobile phones. The bus stop at Teknikgatan on Lindholmen is indoors. Quiet and emission-free public transport can operate in areas currently closed to traffic, thus opening up new scope for planning in cities and towns.

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Demo arena for new products and services

As part of ElectriCity we are also creating a platform for the development and testing of services and products that can contribute to more attractive public transport. For example new bus stop solutions, traffic management systems and safety concepts as well as systems for energy supply and energy storage. What is more, new business models for sustainable mobility in the city will be tested. The idea is that these should be able to be scaled up outside the demo arena.

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A platform for research too

When an all-electric bus moves in the urban environment, stops and recharges indoors, new situations arise that are of considerable interest to the research fraternity. For instance, how pedestrians and other vulnerable road users are affected by a bus that moves almost silently, or how passengers perceive and use the new solutions that come with the new bus service. Indoor bus stops are an entirely new phenomenon. How do we deal with the indoor climate, bearing in mind that buses are coming and going all the time? How should our electric supply system be built? And not least: how can cities be planned in new ways? New research can answer all this and more.

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