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EB START Services
Vendor and customer need to work jointly on project management.
Education is critical for the customer, the board and constituents
Range anxiety does not exist with the right battery size and the right planning
The utility must be brought on board early
Charging may be in depot, on route or both
The initial cost of the electric bus is higher
Operational costs (MA and fuel) can be lower if managed effectively
Demand charges from charging at peak times should be minimized
Grants and funding from various sources will be needed for initial infrastructure set up
Many typical actions will occur including RFP processes, contracting with various parties and applying for grants.
Infrastructure installations require experienced execution
Staff must be trained on maintenance procedures
Energy management and charging strategies must be incorporated in new scheduling and route planning processes
Tools may be used to predict energy usage based on routes, weather and loads
Charging costs should be factored into charging strategies as part of route planning and scheduling. Tools are available to help.
Measures of success should include those for conventional buses, plus others associated with new maintenance procedures, charging, battery charge levels etc.
Compare business alternatives from a financial, business and technical perspective with a focus on the best path forward
Deep dive financial comparison of the future, comparing current expectations to a projection that includes electric buses including the Total Cost of Ownership, NPV and a sensitivity analysis
A region that is considering adopting electric buses may want to understand the impact of the change from a Greenhouse Gas perspective as well as from the perspective of the health benefit impact to the community
Who are the major EB manufacturers in the industry? What do we know about them? Who else is buying electric buses? What else do we know about the industry?