TU Braunschweig


Kurczveil, T.; Schnieder, L.; Burmeister, F.:
Optimized energy management of inductively charged electric buses reflecting operational constraints and traffic conditions.
MT-ITS 2015 - 4th International Conference on Models and Technologies for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Budapest, Ungarn, Juni 2015.


The introduction of alternative propulsion concepts in public transport makes significant contributions to further reduce pollutants emitted by transport systems (noise, air pollutants). This paradigm shift is a major challenge for public transport operators. Operational performance of heavy duty vehicles depends on many different factors such as climatic conditions, load profiles (e.g. variations in passenger occupancy) and track topology. Currently there is no common standard which allows the assessment of energetic performance of different vehicle concepts and optimum deployment strategies of electric charging infrastructure in the network (with respect to their impact on the vehicles’ duty plans). This paper introduces a simulation-based approach to provide answers to this multivariant optimization problem. The model outlined in this paper allows operators to choose the most adequate vehicle type(s) and corresponding infrastructure for their respective conditions aiming at a maximum operational availability of the buses during the operational day. Furthermore, the simulation model allows the assessment of time tables and line topologies with respect to their operational feasibility. This paper discusses experiences made with simulative studies in the introduction of inductively charged electric buses in the city of Braunschweig (Germany).