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Exploring the World of Electric Buses: Advancing Zero-Emission Public Transport

Understand the planning, operation, and maintenance of electric buses to advance a cleaner and greener public transport system.

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Exploring the World of Electric Buses: Advancing Zero-Emission Public Transport

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Discover e-buses with TUMI

With a history dating back over 140 years, electric buses have only recently begun to multiply in cities all around the world. They now play a vital role in reducing pollution, cutting costs, and diversifying public transport.

On this six-week course from the Transformative Urban Mobility initiative (TUMI), you’ll learn how e-buses are implemented, operated, financed, and maintained. As you explore the technology, business models, and urban issues of electric mobility, you’ll be preparing for the future of public transport.

Gain an overview of electric buses and their benefits

Like all electric vehicles, e-buses emit no pollution and are considerably more energy efficient. Research has also shown that they help boost diversity among drivers and passengers.

The course will start with a general introduction to electric buses and their benefits for society, the environment, and individuals.

Understand e-bus planning, financing, and maintenance

Once you’ve understood the motivations for implementing electric buses, you’ll take a closer look at what that implementation might involve.

Weeks 2, 3, and 4 of the course will delve into the planning, financing, and maintenance of e-bus projects.

Prepare for a greener future in global public transport

The overarching aim of this course is on sharing ideas and best practices for zero-emission public transport.

You’ll join an vibrant online community of transport professionals and enthusiasts, who are all committed to working towards a greener future in mobility.

Note: this is the second course in a series on electric mobility, along with ‘Exploring the World of Electric Mobility: Key Concepts and Strategies’.

Skip to 0 minutes and 0 seconds Hello learners around the globe. Today, I would like to explain you a little bit more about our upcoming course, about exploring the world of electric buses, advancing zero-emission public transport around the globe. It’s a course together with the Aachen University, GIZ, the TUMI Project and us, PEM Motion. This course is designed especially for individuals working in the transportation sector, such as policy makers, decision makers, practitioners like urban planners, architects, transport planners, or for students and researchers. It’s also open for anyone familiar with fundamentals and topics related to electric mobility, especially in emerging countries like Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds And basically, for everyone who has an interest in electric buses and electric transportation, the course will be divided into six dedicated weeks, where we will give you different interviews, lectures, case studies, reading materials, videos, and also would like to come into a discussion with you into our forum. We want to give you the opportunity to ask questions to our learners. The course will be guided by Alexandra from Ecuador. She will be your guide through the course and give you the lectures. We also have very engaging, interesting guest lecturers who will share their experience from around the globe.

Skip to 1 minute and 29 seconds We have case studies from Latin America, from India, from Africa, giving you better understanding what is happening in the world of electric mobility. In the first week of the course, we will introduce you to the topic of electric buses and their benefits. So it will be basically an introductory week. We dive into the world of electric buses, exploring the advantages and also the technology behind it. In the second week we will discuss project planning and how to involve the necessary stakeholders. Looking at the critical aspects of electric bus projects, but also the importance of involving the stakeholders for successful implementation.

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds In the third week we will focus really on the technology and the selection of the right technology and how to finance that. That means what is the right technology for which approach and what electric bus is fitting for which use cases. In the fourth week, we will talk about the operation model, the operation planning, and also the operation monitoring. So we will explore different operational considerations and monitoring strategies which in the end help to ensure efficiency and the effectiveness of electric bus fleets. In the fifth week, we will explore staff training and employment operations, so how to have the right stuff ready for implementing E-Buses and what are the overall market opportunities there?

Skip to 2 minutes and 53 seconds We will look into training requirements of the personnel in the bus sector and discuss also employment opportunities which an electric bus system offers. In the sixth and final week, We will look at the end of life of the batteries. So what can we do with the batteries of the electric busses after they are used and come to an end of life in the fleets, meaning scrapping, recycling, second use. So we will address the sustainable practices for handling this end of life batteries. If you imagine they are probably very huge and need a dedicated recycling or re-use route.

Skip to 3 minutes and 33 seconds So, throughout the course we will cover a wide range of topics and each week is designed to provide you with valuable insights knowledge in a very concise format, allowing also you, the learners gaining expertise first-hand and understanding electric bus technologies the best you can. So I’m looking forward to welcome you in the course. Join us on this journey. Register on Future Learn and yeah, happy to see you there and hear your story.


  • Week 1

    Introduction to Electric Buses and their Benefits

    • General Information

      In this activity, you will find general information about the course, the timeline, the primary learning goals, and guidance for you to get the most out of the course and have fun while learning!

    • Introduction

      This first week provides an in-depth explanation of Electric Buses (E-Buses) and their social and environmental benefits. It also discusses the barriers to implement E-Buses.

    • What are Electric Buses?

      In this section you will learn what are electric buses, how they work, and where you can find them?

    • Social & Environmental Benefits

      Get ready to dive more into the world of e-buses and discover their amazing environmental benefits and positive impacts!

    • Barriers to Adopting E-Buses

      We will comprehend the obstacles that must be overcome for the successful execution of e-bus project implementation.

    • Conclusion

      By now, you have gained insights about E-Buses and their global development. Additionally, we explored different examples of succesfull implementation of E-Bus fleets all over the world, as well as its benefits.

  • Week 2

    E-Bus Project Planning & Stakeholders Involvement

    • Introduction

      Welcome to Week 2, in this week, you will learn about the steps involved, the key stakeholders, and the legal requirements necessary to consider when implementing an E-Bus project.

    • Project Planning

      Let's begin by introducing and outlining the key considerations for planning an E-Bus project deployment, get ready to explore the essentials!

    • Stakeholders Involved

      In this section you will now gain insights into the vital roles of typical stakeholders and understand the when and why of their involvement in E-Bus project deployment.

    • Regulations

      In the following steps we will explore different topics, including requirements that apply to E-Bus projects, policies and the impact of decision makers.

    • Calculating Electric Bus Costs

      Understanding the costs associated with E-Buses is essential for effective procurement decisions and can influence the E-Bus implementation.

    • Conclusion

      After learning about the planning process, stakeholders, regulations, and calculating costs, you now have a solid understanding of the importance of an E-Bus project.

  • Week 3

    Technology Selection & Financing Models

    • Introduction

      Welcome to week 3! In this week we will explore the different types of E-Buses, their charging infrastructure, batteries, and key business and funding models.

    • Types of E-Buses & Types of Charging Infrastructure

      In this section, you will learn in-depth information about the technology used for each type of e-bus and its necessary charging infrastructure.

    • E-Bus Batteries

      In this section, we'll explore the heart of electric buses: batteries.

    • E-Bus Business Models

      Now, we will discover the diverse strategies and frameworks that are behind the successful integration of E-Buses into urban transportation.

    • Financing Models

      In this section, we'll delve into the financial aspects that enable the adoption and scaling of electric buses.

    • Conclusion

      After learning about E-Bus technology and its importance, financing models for adoption, and successful deployment examples worldwide, you have acquired knowledge on different aspects of E-Bus implementation.

  • Week 4

    Operations Planning & Monitoring

    • Introduction

      Welcome to Week 4! It's time to delve into the differences between E-Bus operations and diesel buses, exploring aspects like their structural changes, route considerations, and the influence of charging and maintenance.

    • New Operation Structure

      Learn how the implementation of E-Buses need new protocols and models of operation for a correct monitoring.

    • Safety Monitoring

      In this activity, we will explore how data collection, analysis, and digital tools can be employed to optimize the operation, performance, and management of E-Buses.

    • E-Bus Maintenance

      In this activity, we will introduce you to the key considerations for E-Bus maintenance.

    • Conclusion

      By now you have gained an insight into E-Bus operations monitoring, safety monitoring and examples of implementation in different cities, as well as methods and best practices for E-Bus maintenance.

  • Week 5

    Staff Training & Employment Opportunities

    • Introduction

      Welcome to Week 5! In this week we will delve into the impacts on employment, improvements in accessibility, emerging job opportunities, and the significance of workforce education and development for E-Buses implementation.

    • How E-Buses Can Impact Current Jobs in the Sector?

      Now, let's shift our attention to the friendly discussion of how this new technology impacts the labor market. We'll explore the exciting ways in which it is transforming job opportunities and the evolving landscape of work.

    • New Education Opportunities & New Jobs in the Sector

      In this activity, you will learn about the outlook for new employment opportunities and transit occupations expected to have the highest future demand. Get ready to discover the potential carrer paths that await!

    • Staff Training & Safety

      E-Bus personnel training differs greatly from diesel buses. In this section, we will explore the importance of providing appropriate training to the workers to prepare them effectively for the unique demands of E-Buses.

    • Conclusion

      By now, you have gained insights into the impact of E-Buses in the current job sector, new education opportunities, staff training & safety.

  • Week 6

    End-of-Life Battery - Scrapping and Recycling Practices of Batteries

    • Introduction

      Welcome to Week 6! In this week, you will learn about the practical longevity of EV batteries and the importance behind their recycling procedure.

    • Aging of EV Batteries

      Now, you will explore the influence of time on batteries and delve into the consequences it brings.

    • Second Life Applications

      Let's explore the concept of second life batteries and their potential for reuse. You'll discover the exciting possibilities that await these batteries beyond their initial purpose.

    • Recycling System

      Now, you will explore the world of primary battery recycling plants. Get ready to discover the remarkable places where these recycling plants reside and witness the magical transformation of used batteries into new beginnings.

    • Conclusion

      By now, you have acquired knowledge about the how EV batteries age, the existing possibilities of second life application, and how a battery recycling system works.

    • Grand Finale

      Grand Finale of the course.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate an extensive understanding of zero-emission electric buses, their significance, and their role in addressing environmental concerns and sustainable transportation.
  • Explore various aspects of electric buses: technology, policy, environmental impacts, business models, and integration into urban transport systems.
  • Evaluate diverse resources and real-world examples for informed decision-making while developing a broader perspective and contributing effectively to the development of zero-emission solutions in their specific contexts.
  • Identify the latest advancements and innovations in zero-emission electric buses, keeping up-to-date with the dynamic landscape of this field.
  • Compare different types of electric buses and their applications, while understanding their specific features and capabilities in various transportation scenarios.
  • Assess the potential benefits and challenges of implementing zero-emission buses in various settings, considering infrastructure requirements, operational considerations, and regulatory aspects.
  • Develop personal and professional growth by cultivating critical thinking and problem-solving skills in sustainable transportation. Gain valuable expertise in electric buses, unlocking numerous opportunities for professional advancement.
  • Demonstrate the readiness to actively contribute and drive positive change during the shift towards sustainable, inclusive, accessible, and eco-friendly transportation systems by comprehensively grasping the concept of zero-emission electric buses.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about electric buses, their benefits, and their implementation within transport systems around the world.

It is particularly suited to learners working or planning to work in the transport sector, e.g. policy-makers, urban planners, architects, transport professionals, students, and researchers.

Who will you learn with?

E-Mobility and sustainable mobility expert at the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative since 2020 (hosted by GIZ). Dedicated to making mobility systems more sustainable for all.

Rohan is regulatory expert, with a decade of experience in energy & mobility sectors across Asia & Africa. He is affiliated with GIZ since 2014 and specializes in cross sectoral project approaches.

M.Sc. in Infrastructure Planning (University Stuttgart); more than 12-y of experience in sust. mobility. Currently doing my PhD in public transport and electric buses (Technical University Dresden)

Christoph Lienemann is the Managing Director & Partner for North America at PEM Motion, where he is recognized also as an expert in E-Mobility, Lithium-Ion Batteries, and Circular Economy.

PEM Motion's Senior Consultant & Training Expert, leading diverse projects in e-mobility, logistics, and soft skills. Passionate about project management, learning & global cooperation.

E-Mobility project engineer at PEM Motion, with experience in training and research development for Circular Economy and Battery Recycling topics.

Who developed the course?

Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI)

The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) is implemented by GIZ and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (English: German Agency for International Cooperation GmbH), often simply shortened to GIZ, is the main German development agency. It provides tailor-made services for sustainable development through international development cooperation and international education work.

Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University

German institute dedicated to all aspects of the development, production, and recycling of battery systems, fuel cells, electric powertrains, and vehicle concepts. With a focus on teaching and research projects, and industry partnerships, PEM contributes to the advancement of e-mobility.

PEM Motion

German business consulting and engineering service provider focusing on batteries, electric motors, and mobility products industrialization with a presence in both Europe and North America. Driven by a profound commitment to training in electric mobility by providing exceptional learning solutions.

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