Electric bus

Passengers appreciate the silence in electric buses

​ElectriCity and the opportunities for cities and passengers from different user perspectives, was in focus during a workshop on Wednesday 24th Jan. Visitors from all over Europe, took part in the EBSF 2 – European Bus System of The Future 2 demo event, held by the division Design & Human Factors.

Oskar Rexfelt and Pontus Wallgren both presented results on user experiences of indoor bus stops and results from passengers’ perceptions survey.

- We have studied what passengers and bus drivers think about the buses and bus stops from a user experience and adoption view. We found that the bus drivers appreciated the improved work environment, which they perceived as quieter, safer, smoother, and less tiring, says Pontus Wallgren.

- The passenger also appreciated the bus to be silent, smooth, well kept, environmentally better and, not the least, they appreciated the friendly bus drivers.

Another area of research is the heating (HVAC) in electric buses, where Volvo Bus presented their solution for an improved heating.

- Since we can’t have diesel heaters in an electric bus, it’s necessary to find new solutions, says Pontus Wallgren, senior lecturer at the division of Design & Human Factors, Department of Industrial and Materials Science. Volvo has developed new methods of heating with an operational energy saving of around 60%.

The day ended with technical tour with bus 55, an electric bus ride to Lindholmen, with a presentation of the indoor bus stop.

- There are ideas on indoor bus stops, but this is probably the first one built and operating. So it is very interesting to see, both on how they charge the bus, the environment and thoughts how to design the bus stop, says Michele Tozzi, UITP, project manager EBSF 2. 


The project ends with final presentations at TRA2018 conference in Wienna, 16-19 April.



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MariAnne Karlsson, Professor Design & Human Factors, Chalmers University of Technology

Text och foto: Carina Schultz

Published: Tue 06 Feb 2018. Modified: Mon 05 Mar 2018