With the rapid increase in urbanisation which increases concerns about urban air quality, there is a strong demand for vehicle suppliers to deliver zero-emissions vehicles.
The shift to electric-powered vehicles is already well underway, particularly in the Chinese bus market. China, home to many of the biggest bus manufacturers and suppliers in the world, took the lead in the transition to electric vehicles following a report from the World Health Organisation in 2016 which deemed China the world’s deadliest country for air pollution.
Now the country hosts the largest fleets of electric buses in the world, and continues to reduce air pollution through policy changes and a growing acceptance of a new sustainable culture.
The south-eastern Chinese city of Shenzhen has perhaps undergone the most impressive transition of all. A city of around 12 million inhabitants, Shenzhen holds the title of having the world’s first and largest 100% electric-powered bus fleet. With a fleet size of over 16,000 buses, Shenzhen is a symbol of innovation in the field of electromobility.
We could think of no better location to discuss the future of electric buses. From 7-9 November 2018, the UITP Bus Committee has assembled in Shenzhen with the aim of discussing the challenges and solutions of electrification. This meeting gathers 40 members and more than 20 guests from leading bus companies around the world. Chinese bus operators in attendance are Beijing Public Transport Holding Company (BPTC) and Shenzhen Western Bus; there are also representatives from the Shenzhen Transport Commission.
The UITP Bus Tender Structure Report represents some of the latest work from the Committee. Under the joint lead of the UITP Bus Committee, Vehicles and Equipment Industry Committee and Public Transport Authority Committee, a working group was established to undertake a detailed exercise to update and expand our previously published guidance document for tendering buses and related services, published in 2009, in order to ensure that it adequately covers the evolving introduction of electric buses. The new Report also reflects more general changes in the sector, thereby ensuring that the document remains credible and of value to all participants.
The Report contains a comprehensive and dedicated Annex IV on Environmental Calculations for the calculation of Fuel Consumption, CO2 and regulated pollutants for 15 different bus propulsion energies. These figures can be used on the basis of comparisons at the tender stage. This opens up possibilities for decreasing costs whilst maintaining quality for all the parties involved.
The full document is free only to members involved in the working group for this publication. It is otherwise available for purchase for UITP Members (80 euros) and Non-members (160 euros).
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