As e-buses are becoming more commercially viable, they are emerging as a pragmatic option for cities to reduce their transit emissions, improve their energy efficiency and security and improve passenger comfort by reducing noise pollution. However, e-buses still present technological, financial and institutional barriers. One of the main challenges in most cities is building a reliable, stable and sustainable grid and charging infrastructure. With the difficulties of building such infrastructure, comes the need of large financial investments, of redesigning streets to incorporate the necessary infrastructure and of policies enabling the removal of the current formal and informal bus fleet.
This session will focus on how local authorities can surpass all these barriers to start the transition towards e-buses. With examples from cities around the world the panelist will also discuss the main challenges and opportunities of this technology and why it is beneficial for cities to start making the transition,