Experience Sharing Workshop: Scaling up Zero Emission Bus Operations in Cities

Understanding the emerging practices related to the electric bus procurement, deployment and operations

Date: February 21 - 23, 2023
Venue: Fortune Landmark, Ashram Road
Ahmedabad, Gujarat - 380013

Centre for Science and Environment is organising an experience sharing and training workshop for officials of bus transport corporations from different cities of India for cross learning and experience sharing on the emerging and innovative strategies to improve electric bus operations and management. 

This event will bring together a select group of officials from the state transport undertaking (STU) and experts for experience sharing and to understand and demonstrate the innovative practices emerging in cities. This will expose the participants to the progressive efforts and innovations in strengthening electric bus operations including deployment and new dynamic scheduling strategies to optimise charging and range, IT based bus management, emerging issues related to electric bus technology and battery management among others.

21st Feb 2023 (Tuesday)
09:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Registration and Tea
Time Session/Theme Speaker
10:00 AM
11:15 AM
Session-1: Welcome and setting the agenda Sayan Roy,
Programme Manager, Centre for Science and Environment
Setting the context: Bus sector electrification: understanding the challenges for accelerated fleet electrification Anumita Roychowdhury,
Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Centre for Science and Environment
Keynote address:
Sharing the experience of Ahmedabad’s bus electrification journey
M. Thennarasan IAS, Municipal Commissioner, Amdavad Municipal Corporation
11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Tea Break
11:30 AM –
12:30 PM
SESSION-2: Landscape mapping of challenges and issues emerging with the introduction of e-bus operations – capturing the experience from cities
What challenges the STUs are facing with bus procurement, selection of appropriate electric bus types, liking withoperationalrequirements of e-buses, unique challenges related to current scheduling practices, constraint of the infrastructure, making depots ready for e-buses, and trackingof e-bus performance among others
View of the representatives of the STUS to map out the landscape and issues
Spotlight on:
Learning in SURAT
Learning of BEST
12:30 PM –
1:30 PM
SESSION-3: Understanding the e-bus technology
It is necessary to understand the power train and battery management in e-buses and the emerging technology roadmap
Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM LUNCH
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
SESSION-4: Understanding procurement operational aspects e-buses: How to prepare operation plan for e-buses?
What are the parameters that need to be understood and considered forprocuring and designing the e-bus services and select the right technology that is meets the requirements of the city bus operations
Shailendra Kaushik
Co-founder, CITISForum

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Tea Break
3:45 PM –
5:00 PM
Special learning related to e-bus scheduling
How to understand the e-bus scheduling – How to measure duty cycle that have bearing on the performance of the bus? How to estimate route-wise energy consumption? How e-bus scheduling, including charging scheduling etc.need to be optimized to improve performance of the fleet.
Saudamini Taleng, pManifold

1:10 pm – 2:00 pm | LUNCH
22nd Feb 2023 (Wednesday)
10:00 AM –
11:00 AM
SESSION-5: E-busprocurement and business model
Current trends in E-bus procurement and challenges.How to select right business model for e-bus operations?
Gautam Patel
Founder, Coordinates

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Tea Break
11:15 AM –
12:30 PM
SESSION-6: Understanding E-bus depot design – how different it is from depots for diesel buses?
As bus fleet is being renewed to increase the share of electric buses, it is necessary to understand how depots will have to be made ready with appropriate infrastructure, selection criteria for new depot locations, components of e-bus depot infrastructure, skilling, reskilling and humanresource requirements among others
Jayant Deshmukh
Bus Operation Expert

12:30 PM –
1:30 PM
SESSION-7: Electrification of rural and inter-city bus services:
Along with electrification of city buses, many STUs are also looking for ways to introduce e-bus services for their rural and mufassil services. Thus, this session will mainly focus on various strategies to select e-bus routes, depot and charging infrastructure location for rural and inter-city services.
Ravi Gadepalli
Independent Consultant – Public Transport

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM LUNCH
2:30 PM –
3:30 PM
This session will provide a some of the real case examples or intervention areas to improve the performance of the e-buses
Shalini Sinha
Executive Director,
CoE-UT, CEPT University

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Tea Break
3:45 PM –
5:00 PM
Battery plays a pivotal role in e-bus operations and its expensive too. Thus, monitoring and management of battery health become extremely important to achieve overall success. This session will highlight some of the key aspects which impacts the battery health, standard procedure to monitor and measure its conditionsand what to do with the batteries when it completes its cell life for city operations?
Sudhanshu Mishra
Associate Director
E-Mobility, ITISForum

23rd Feb 2023 (Thursday)
10:00 AM –
1:30 PM
To visit the control room and the e-bus depot of the Ahmedabad Janmarg Ltd (AJL)to understand the initiatives taken related to e-bus deployment, dynamic scheduling and ITS based operation managementetc.
1:30 PM Onward

For more information, please contact:

Sayan Roy
Programme Manager
Email- sayan.roy@cseindia.org