By developing simulation models and optimization methods, the research field of electric mobility supports the use of battery electric vehicles of all kinds for quiet and clean mobility.
Simulation of electric buses
Current achievements in this thematic field include, in particular, simulation-based studies on the introduction of electric buses in public transport, including the evaluation of charging strategies and charging technologies as well as the environmental assessment of electric buses versus diesel buses.
Planning of charging infrastructure and vehicle cycles
The developed methods optimize charging infrastructure and schedules for electric buses in public transportation, in order to avoid an unnecessary enhancement of the power grid.
Conversion to full electric bus fleet
In the latest PLATON research project, a process is currently being developed to gradually convert an existing diesel bus fleet into an electric bus fleet. Depending on the budget, detailed instructions for the procurement of vehicles, for the installation of charging points and for the applicable vehicle cycles and charging plans will be devised for public transport operators.
Algorithms support the step-by-step conversion of an existing diesel bus fleet to an 100% electric bus fleet by calculating – depending on the budget – detailed instructions for the procurement of vehicles, the installation of charging points and the respective schedule and charging plan to be applied.