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PROTERRA CHARGING units
installed and ready for e-buses.

Proterra

BEYOND THE BUS:

Charge
Management

Planning and scheduling of electric fleets
shouldn't be an art form; more tools are coming
online to help transit providers optimize their
zero emission programs.

I

By Mischa Wanek-Libman, executive editor

NTEREST IN ZERO EMISSION
bus fleets is growing as states
and local municipalities mandate reductions in greenhouse
gases and transit agencies develop their own sustainability
initiatives. Complete mobility solutions developed on the
supply side of the industry include
planning and scheduling tools to
help transit providers optimize
their current fleets, while keeping
options open for future growth.

Route simulation

INIT, Innovations in Transportation Inc., offers an integrated

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suite of electromobility tools to aid
users through the many stages of
e-bus integration including route
planning, charge management,
operations control and data collection/analysis.
One of the company's electromobility products, eMOBILE-PLAN, has been developed as
a planning and simulation tool that
allows transit agencies and OEM's
to simulate and optimize numerous
deployment block scenarios while
considering the unique constraints
that electric buses have.
"With eMOBILE-PLAN comparing all conceivable scenarios

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"With

eMOBILEPLAN
comparing all
conceivable
scenarios
allows
agencies to
make sound
deployment
strategies
both prior
to and after
procurement
of electric
buses."
-RYAN
MACKEM,
electromobility
business
developmenet
manager at
INIT

allows agencies to make sound
deployment strategies both prior
to and after procurement of electric buses," said Ryan Mackem,
electromobility business development manager at INIT.
Mackem explains that the
eMOBILE-PLAN's optimizer
considers an array of variables
such as the types of electric buses,
battery types, temperature ranges, route profiles, variable sizes
of e-bus fleets and mixed fleets,
different types of charging stations and their placement within
the network, and electricity costs
based on peaks in demand.
"One of the immediate advantages of eMOBILE-PLAN is
the reduction in the amount of
effort it takes to plan blocks for
e-buses," said Mackem. "Rather
than having the planner attempt
to manually create time consuming blocks searching for both
range and cost efficiency, eMOBILE-PLAN allows the planner
to simply enter the parameters
and run the optimizer to quickly
produce the results. This gives the
planner the ability to run multiple
scenarios where they can analyze
the efficiency of each block."
Mackem notes that finding the
right block scenario is a matter of
economics. He says that finding
ways to deploy e-buses on longer
or additional blocks will be required as an agency's percentage
of e-buses in their fleet increases
over time.
"As a planning tool, eMOBILE-PLAN has no limitations on
the number of electric and conventional buses it can optimize
simultaneously," said Mackem.
"In addition, the system can deal
with any number of routes, and
the user can include or exclude
specific routes."
Mackem says while the use of
depot chargers is prevalent, onroute opportunity charging will
be critical to the scalability of ze-


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Editor's Notebook
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A New Standard Shapes Commuter Rail in Boston
Connected Vehicles: Tampa
Beyond the Bus: Charge Management
Driven by Data
Making the Case for Standardization in MaaS
Best Practices
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