Training & Study Tour on Electric Buses - Operations & Maintenance

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Shenzhen / Zhengzhou
  • China


With most metropolitan areas targeting zero-emission environments, an increasing number of cities and transport companies are considering a fully-electric solution for their urban bus network. In this context, UITP Asia-Pacific, in cooperation with Shenzhen Bus Group Co., Ltd. (SZBG), designed and organized this training programme & study tour on Electric Buses.

Similar to previous trainings, the programme will provide a classroom training in Shenzhen, and offer a study tour covering Shenzhen and Zhengzhou to provide participants a rewarding experience to visit the Chinese city with significant electric bus usage, and the home for the top electric bus manufacturer in China. 

The course will offer a comprehensive overview of the electric solution for urban bus networks, from the setting of a city strategy, the choice of technology and the battery, the procurement of buses, all the way to the implementation and operation of the system. In addition to our interactive plenary sessions, workshops will allow participants to apply their learnings in small groups.


  • Introduce the electric solution, the different types of technologies and compare their benefits and drawbacks
  • Understand how to get value from electric buses looking at their economic, environmental and societal feasibility
  • Learn from experience on how to implement and run electric bus lines successfully
  • Understand the implications for operations and infrastructure
  • Learn about the implementation and running of electric buses
  • Discuss the performance of an electric bus solution with a practical application during our dedicated workshop

Target audience

  • Project managers, engineers and other professionals eager to learn more about the technology, the implementation and the running of electric buses
  • Staff from public transport or authorities planning to extend a fully-electric solution to the core part of the urban bus network
  • Staff from the bus industry worldwide involved in the market uptake of electric buses
  • Professionals interested in obtaining a wider and international perspective on electric buses and eager to learn more from international best practice


  • Get inspired by our trainers, understand the main aspects of electric buses and learn from successful best practice
  • Participate to interactive plenary sessions with introduction by course leaders, presentation by the trainer and open discussion with participants
  • Challenge your practical knowledge on the technology, the implementation and the running of electric buses
  • Address the topic from an international perspective, enriched by different cultural approaches and points of views
  • Participate to workshops allowing you to apply on a concrete case the main principles and tools learned
  • Benefit from a unique exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals

Inspiring Trainers

Our skillful trainers are composed of international experts and professionals with extensive experience and knowledge in the strategic, operational and technological areas of electric buses.


Session 1: Asset Management & Bus Maintenance

  • Introduction ASSET MANAGEMENT
  • Bus Maintenance Issues
  • Planning and Tools
  • In house vs. OURSOURCING
  • Key Performance Indicators

Introduction of Group Exercise

Session 2: Spare parts and obsolescence management

  • Spare Parts and ILS
  • New technologies and validation
  • Spare Parts Management Tools
  • Obsolescence

Technical visit to Bus Depot & Maintenance & Parts Inventory

  • Explain maintenance planning, execution

Session 3:  Key issues for Bus Depot Design and Bus Workshop

  • Principles of Bus Depot Locations                           
  • Depot lay out and Bus circulation examples
  • Operations, office and functions

Session 3:  Key issues for Bus Depot and Workshop (continued)

  • Refuel and washing
  • Workshop equipments                                                                                                      

Group exercise: Bus Maintenance Management

  • Maintenance planning, KPIs, Predictive & Condition Based Maintenance

Session 4: Introduction to Busses

  • Developments on (Urban) Buses
  • BRT                                                             
  • The Energy (fuel) choice
  • Emissions and SORT
  • New Innovations, Electric buses
  • Electrification, e-drive lines
  • Battery Technology
  • Charging Systems
  • The fuel cell principle
  • Trends                                    

Session 5A : Life Cycle Cost Management

  • Costs, LCC, TCO
  • How to measure, how to use
  • LCC Examples      

Session 5B : Introduction to Bus Procurement

  • Business Models

Group Exercise: Life Cycle Cost (LCC)

Session 5C: Procurement & Commissioning of Buses

  • The UITP Bus Tender Procedure
  • Tender structure & tender specifications
  • UITP supporting tools

Session 5D: Tender Documents

  • Evaluation methods

Practical Cases

  • Groupwork / Workshops
  • Overview of trials  

Group Work & Group Presentations & Panel Discussion

*UITP reserves the right to make amendments to the programme or any related activity.


This programme is kindly hosted by SZBG.

Shenzhen Bus Group Co., Ltd. (SZBG), established in 1975, is the largest joint venture of public transportation in Shenzhen, with a long standing history and premium brand. SZBG has more than 28,000 employees, operates 346 bus routes, and owns a fleet of 12,813 vehicles (including 6,053 fully electric buses and 4,681 fully electric taxis). There are 104 charging stations and 1,704 charging piles, and the depot area is 940,000 square meters. The Group has achieved full electrification at the end of 2018.