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Questions City Decision-Makers Should Ask Before Implementing E-Buses

If you talk with a leader in your city, what are the important questions you should make?
Front view of an electric bus in Medellín, Colombia.

Here is an overview of the possible questions decision-makers should ask themselves before executing E-Bus projects. The following questions are based on a paper released by the World Resources Institute.

  1. What are the benefits, costs, and reported impacts of electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?
  2. What are the physical assets needed for the adoption of electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?
  3. How are cities procuring electric or hybrid/zero emission bus services?
  4. What is the role of energy utility companies and manufacturers?
  5. What are possible ways to fund and finance electric or hybrid/zero emission bus services?
  6. What incentives exist for investments in electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?
  7. What institutional and regulatory frameworks are guiding the adoption of electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?
  8. What financial challenges have cities encountered when introducing electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?
  9. What technical and institutional challenges have cities encountered when introducing electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?
  10. What are the key steps cities have taken to ensure greater success when adopting electric or hybrid/zero emission buses?

A group of people sitting in a conference room. Sustainable urban transport conference in Dakar which included workshops to engage various stakeholders on the topic of mobility in Africa. (TUMI, 2022)

Conclusion

These questions, such as those related to financing, infrastructure, and policy frameworks, can be helpful guides for stakeholders when implementing E-Bus projects in their communities. Stakeholders must meet and discuss these topics together as shown in the picture above. Here, stakeholders gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities of mobility in Africa. By collaborating and sharing insights, stakeholders can come up with answers and solutions that address the specific needs and circumstances of their communities.

References

Moon-Miklaucic, C., Maassen, A., Li, X., & Castellanos, S. (n.d.). Financing Electric and hybrid-electric buses: 10 questions city decision-makers should ask. World Resources Institute. Retrieved from: Link

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