The city is also launching an online survey to find out if companies are interested in cooperating with the city on future development needs
The Finnish city of Tampere is collecting and analysing data from electric and hybrid buses to help evaluate the benefits of e-buses and inform decision-making for future procurement.
The city currently has four e-buses and two hybrid buses, operating on the same line. Measuring the e-buses is a part of the international Stardust that project supports Tampere’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The same kind of measuring equipment that collects information, for example, about the vehicle’s energy consumption, charging time, driven kilometres and outdoor temperature has now been installed to the hybrid buses in order to get valuable reference data. E-bus data has been collected for six to 12 months.
“Increasing e-mobility could be an answer how to decrease carbon emissions. Collecting data is important, so that fact-based decisions can be made,” said project manager, Maarit Vehviläinen.
Tampere City Transport also collects drivers’ and customers’ feedback about the e-buses. The e-buses have managed well in challenging winter conditions Charging technology has also performed well. Both drivers and customers have given mainly positive feedback.
With bus technology evolving, the city wants to try new solutions to develop public transport that is more user and environmentally friendly. Next summer Tampere City Transport is testing a new generation of energy-efficient hybrid buses.
“Increasing e-mobility could be an answer how to decrease carbon emission. Collecting data is important, so that fact-based decisions can be made”
Kalle Keinonen, equipment manager at Tampere City Transport, believes that expensive e-buses will become more common if the traffic emissions are seen as a part of the total cost of public transport.
In a separate announcement, the city and the Tampere Region Economic Development Agency (Business Tampere) is inviting businesses to take part in an online survey about cooperating on city development and future needs. It wants to develop agile, efficient and beneficial approaches to public and private sector working.
The five-minute survey can be taken here: www.lyyti.fi/questions/3ed70ee0aa
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