Two large electric buses are now to be tested in Copenhagen. They pollute significantly less and produce less noise compared to traditional diesel buses, and they could be the answer to the public bus transport of the future.
Offhand they look like ordinary Danish city busses. They are 12 metres long and are painted yellow – but there is a huge difference. The two new buses that public transport company Movia has ordered in China are the first large electric buses to be put into service in Copenhagen. They are deployed in the public transport as part of a trial to learn more about whether the technology behind the large electric buses is ready for implementation.
DONG Energy is part of the project and is to ensure that electricity from renewable energy sources is reserved to cover the consumption of the buses.
The trial is also valuable knowledge for DONG Energy’s work with the Smartgrid.
”Electric buses represent a completely new technology that could be a contributing factor to reach society's target of increased electrification. By being part of the first trial, we can ensure that the electric buses of the future are charged intelligently and consider the capacity and demands in the grid,” says Knud Petersen, Vice President in DONG Energy.
The Danish Minister for transport is looking forward to electric buses
Electric buses do not emit CO2, NOx and particles locally. And they are much less noisy than ordinary buses. Moreover, electric buses are both cheaper and easier to maintain.
“It’s an exciting project. We need to implement the new energy-efficient transport technologies in our daily life – the electric buses are a good example of this. In the Danish government we focus on expanding public transport, and it’s important if we are able to prove to the public transport companies and local authorities that green solutions don't mean extra hassle and less comfort – quite on the contrary,” says Henrik Dam Kristensen, Minister for Transport, in a press release.
The bus of the future
The electric buses are equipped with a datalogger which automatically forwards all relevant data on consumption and the general condition of the buses, so that the trial can be concluded by an assessment whether the technology is sufficiently developed and suitable for our needs.
Dorthe Nøhr Pedersen, CEO of Movia, is really proud that soon the public transport company is able to present what may become the bus of the future: "Movia buses use around 50 million litres of diesel every year, so the electric buses offer the possibility of significant improvements in terms of the environment and the overall noise level," she says.
The Chinese company BYD will manufacture the buses, which according to plan can be seen in the streets of Copenhagen in early 2013. The trial is a cooperation between DONG Energy, the City of Copenhagen, City-Trafik, Arriva and Center for Grøn Trafik under the Danish Transport Authority.