“Since our first trials of fast-charging technologies in controlled environments in Nice, France, more than 5 years ago, the Living Lab Community has gathered and exchanges knowledge, thus opening the path to large-scale electrification of transit networks in almost all operational conditions in different parts of the world. Please feel welcome to join us to listen to, discuss and interact with the people that have been leading the energy transition that we are living today.”
Thierry Mallet, Chairman and CEO of the Transdev Group
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What is the Living Lab ?
The Living Lab is a long-term dynamic where a community of experts share and learn around new technologies, market trends and challenges of our industry.
Since early on, Transdev has decided to focus on Zero Emission technologies, convinced, since our first trials, that open dialogue between Transit Authorities, experts and operators is the only way to tackle the necessary transformation of our transit networks towards a more sustainable proposition for our passengers.
For the 6th time, the Zero Emission Living Lab Community gathers to exchange on projects, initiatives, ambitions, share learnings, best practices and bring an outlook on the exciting developments in months to come.
To discover our initiaves, access our feedback and be part of our community, join the Club.
You will be able to participate in exclusive conferences, workshops and learning expeditions organized in different countries where we are working to develop zero emission mobility.
Experts met in Nice, France, during a two-day event to formally establish the Electric Bus Living Lab, building on discussions at the UITP congress in Milan and the daylong Transdev France event on the energy transition held on June 8.
The event was held under the tone of the dutch “Green Deal”: a partnership agreement which aims to encourage innovative environmental projects. A hundred participants exchanges their views on joint work between local authorities, operators, manufacturers, energy companies.
How to identify the electric solutions best suited for a specific environment? Following the launch of a design tool developed by Transdev Dutch Team and the CDC Lab, stakeholders met and discussed the main parameters to consider for a successful shift to electric.
Focused solely on electromobility in the past, this year the Living Lab was held under the banner of zero emission, extending its environmental ambition beyond transit modes. 110 participants from 14 countries met in Amsterdam with a common goal: gain new insights for shifting to cleaner forms of energy in transit systems.
An edition focused on the latest advancements on electromobility, the energy management, financing and mobility services contractualization with European and Americas outlooks, electric BRT project and energy transition. We explored all the phases of the transition from a traditional fleet to a Zero Emission fleet, from the ambitions to the feedback of the first years of operational experience.
During this year’s edition, the Living Lab will first tackle the issue of introducing renewable energies into transit networks. The 6th edition of the Living Lab will once again provide a forum for decision-makers, project managers and experts that have been part of the design, implementation and daily operations of these and other ground-braking initiatives.
On the program of this Zero Emission Workshop of the Living Lab 6th edition
December, 1rst 2021
Workshop Session 1
(08:00 am - 10:30 am CET)
Renewable energies represent a major technological and managerial challenge for PublicTransport Authorities and operators. Produced locally and in an environmentally sustainable way, their use is necessary to guarantee a truly zero emission mobility. Our solar power experiment in Brisbane, Australia, is not just a window into what zero-emission renewable operations could look like in the years to come.
In the second part, we will look back at the latest achievements in implementing large-scale transit networks.
8:00 am – 10:30 am CETJoin the club
Workshop Session 2
(4:30 pm - 7:00 pm CET)
Scaling Up electromobility represents a major infrastructure, technical and contractual challenge for Transit Agencies managing large traffic volumes. Come listen to pioneering Transit Agencies introducing large-scale electric operations in their networks, and learn more about the choices made to sustainably develop these services on the long run.
The goal of the session is generating a look out for the months to come on key challenges to overcome by our industry in our joint efforts of offering Zero Emission solutions to citizens worldwide.
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm CETJoin the club
On the road to energy transition in vidéo
What if mobility became 100% low carbon?
With transportation accounting for more than 20% of global CO2 emissions, we have made it a major challenge to support territories in the ecological transition. We are Europe's leading operator of zero-emission mobility and every day we develop energy solutions for cleaner travel.
What is green hydrogen?
It's a relevant energy for the energy transition of the transportation sector. To learn about the benefits of this energy, watch the video!
On the road to zero emission?
What if our buses were solar-powered?
The energy of the future for public transportation?
Zero Emission Team
Our ZE experts are available to support you in the strategic development of your electromobility projects. To know more about their fields of expertise and how they can bring value to your projects, watch the video!
Discover our efforts regarding sustainability and innovation made in the Netherlands.
Bart Kraayvanger tells about our Zero Emission strategy.
Transdev to test its first hydrogen train in Germany in 2023.
What is retrofit?
Retrofit example in France: a diesel-powered coach IVECO Crossway will be retrofitted with fuel cell technology, a pioneering project carried out by Transdev Normandy.
Our Zero Emission Networks
A zero emission year in Sweden
In Sweden in July 2019, Transdev secured a contract with Vasttrafik, the authority that oversees mobility in Västra Götaland county, to operate the buses in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, for 757 million euro. As of December 2020, Transdev will operate 220 electric buses, the largest fleet of electric buses in Sweden, making it the main bus operator in Gothenburg and the surrounding region. 210 other buses will be operated without fossil fuels, using only biofuels for energy.
electric buses operated, the largest fleet in Sweden
Moving forward on British zero emissions: the exemplarity of the Harrogate bus company
The Harrogate Bus Company is a subsidiary of Transdev UK that operates eight electric buses on the local services. Harrogate also recently instituted a “Sunday Freeway” program, with free journeys on electric buses for all passengers on Sundays. This initiative has already led to a 70% increase in passenger numbers, helping to increase ridership and stimulate the local economy.
Bus Rapid Transit: flexible mass transit solutions
With dedicated lanes, simplified routes, and distinctive high capacity vehicles, BRT has responded to increasing demands for faster, more reliable transit services. BRT systems combine the on-time performance and high-capacity of light rail and metro systems with the flexibility of bus operations to create an efficient backbone for fully integrated transit networks reducing wait times and enabling seamless multimodality.
Our aim is to make public transport the benchmark for mobility. Replacing the use of individual cars with "zero-emission" travel without traffic jams is our credo.
Amsterdam: on the road to zero emission
electric buses in 2021
Transdev is supporting the transition to electric mobility in Sweden
In both Umeå and Eskilstuna, we are supporting the future development of urban bus transportation. In both of these towns, electric mobility is an important factor when it comes to improving living conditions for inhabitants and is helping drive changes in their energy model.
In Umeå, we acquired 9 rapid recharge buses. The main feature of these buses is the equipment which is adapted to cope with the extreme temperatures in the north of Sweden.
electric buses in Umeå (34 in 2020)
electric buses in Eskilstuna
In the Netherlands, Eindhoven and the province of Brabant deploy electric buses
articulated electric buses
articulated electric buses