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"There's no doubt that the addition of
these new parameters to planning and
scheduling make an already complex
process that much more complicated,"
said Haggiag. "And, good scheduling is
paramount to the globalization of [battery electric buses]."
He continued, "Because of this, even
more so than with traditional buses, optimization tools are necessary to minimize costs and allow electric vehicles to
seamlessly integrate into existing transit
systems. As most scheduling software
lacks the algorithmic ability to address
the intricacies of electric vehicles, these
tools have been largely unavailable. However, a new generation of scheduling and
planning software solves this problem by
employing advanced optimization algorithms and AI."
Optibus Electric Vehicle Scheduling
uses EV-specific metrics to create an integrated and optimized charging plan.
"Schedulers can address parameters
specific to electric vehicles such as bat-


A SCREENSHOT of Optibus' EV fleet
scheduling software.

tery and charger types, the locations
of charging stations, and variations in
electricity prices throughout the day.
Additionally, setting a minimum charge
requirement can absolve driver's fears
of running out of battery on-route," explained Haggiag.
"The successful introduction of [battery electric buses] to public transportation is dependent on the use of technology
and policy to support sustainable transit,"
said Haggiag. "For transit agencies, employing scheduling optimization software

is necessary to maximize operational efficiency and take full advantage of the lower cost of electricity compared to diesel/
natural gas. Additionally, improvements
in battery and electric grid technologies,
as well as economies-of-scale created by
the expansion of the [battery electric bus]
market, will further decrease both capital and operating costs, enabling global
electric vehicle adoption."

Planning for scale

Proterra says transit customers have
confidence that battery-electric technology has both the range and power

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mass Transit

Ad Index
Editor's Notebook
People & Places
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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