Charging solutions for electric bus fleets

Operate your e-buses reliably and cost-optimized

The transition of bus fleets from combustion engine to electric drive is in full swing – in Germany, in Europe, all over the world. In 2030 over 60,000 electric buses – one third of the current public transport inventory – could be on the roads providing regular transport in European cities.

This is also a major opportunity for your transportation company to operate in a more environmentally friendly way in the future. Electric drive is also clearly superior to the combustion engine when it comes to driving characteristics and ease of maintenance.

However, transitioning to electric buses does pose new challenges for your infrastructure and business processes. You can master them with an intelligent charging solution.

White paper: Smart charging of electric buses

We support you in in setting up a future-proof charging infrastructure and making your bus operations ready for the electrical age.

In particular, we provide answers to the following questions:

  • What specific challenges are there in operating an electric bus fleet?
  • How can you ensure that your vehicles are ready for use at all times?
  • Why is smart charging and energy management essential for efficient and cost-optimized operations? 

Our services for efficient running of e-bus fleets

Our goal is to provide you with a sustainable, cost-optimised charging solution for your buses. That is why we focus on a comprehensive approach for your charging infrastructure, from conception to operation.

1. Designing the e-bus fleet

To optimise the running of your electric bus fleet, your charging infrastructure should have a smart, customised design to meet your needs. We will create a innovative energy and infrastructure concept for you in five steps.

  • Evaluation of route data
  • Evaluation of the grid connection and energy landscape
  • Optimisation of charging processes with the help of our analysis software
  • Feasibility study of various scenarios
  • Creation of a customer-specific energy and infrastructure concept

2. Implementation

You can draw on our many years of experience with charging infrastructure projects of all sizes when implementing your concept. We’ll be happy to support you with the following based on your needs:

  • Design and planning of site-specific charging solutions
  • Determining tendering requirements
  • Procuring the relevant components, e.g. charging stations
  • Installation by our qualified specialist partners

3. Operating the e-bus fleet

We ensure that your electric buses are cost-optimised and charged depending on the timetables, and therefore guarantee that your e-bus fleet runs to schedule every time. We focus on the following:

  • Meeting the charging requirements
  • Load balancing for cost-optimised operation
  • Reduction of ongoing costs for grid usage and electricity consumption
  • Monitoring and control of charging processes in the customer portal
  • Interfaces to control centres and depot management systems

Smart charging and energy management system for your electric bus fleet

When you are electrifying your bus fleet, there are a large number of factors to be taken into account. Nevertheless, there is one aspect that should be considered above all else: the right charging and energy management system. This has a major impact on how flexible, efficient, and affordable your future operating processes will be. 

ChargePilot, our Charging and Energy Management system

ChargePilot, our Charging and Energy Management system, reliably charges your electric buses and reduces your investment and operation costs. With its open interface, it can easily be used with other systems, such as a depot management system.

The system can then monitor all charging processes and prevent expensive load peaks. This can also minimize any expansion of the network. The dynamic load management system can also adjust the charging processes of the other electricity consumers at your location. Thanks to its modular design, ChargePilot can grow along with your requirements, and it can also be used with charging stations made by different manufacturers.

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How you benefit

Reduce investment costs

Control the charging processes of your electric buses intelligently. This means you will need fewer charging stations in total.

Minimize grid connection costs

When you control the charging of your bus fleet, a smaller grid connection is sufficient.

Lower grid usage charges

You can save on grid usage charges every month by reducing load peaks.

Save on energy costs

Charge during low-price phases and benefit consistently – this lowers your monthly electricity costs.

How our Charging and Energy Management works


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Connexxion: An electric bus fleet benefits from smart control 

We are excited about our cooperation with The Mobility House, which supports us as a knowledgeable expert in charging and energy management. With their product ChargePilot, we can efficiently charge and operate our fleet of electric busses and also have flexibility when expanding.“ 
– Josh Carmichael –

The Dutch bus company Connexxion, one of the largest electric bus fleets in Europe, has come to rely on the smart Charging and Energy Management System ChargePilot. The challenge for this company is the extremely high volume of visitors at its Schiphol Airport location: on an average day, 10 MWh flow into the batteries of 100 vehicles. 

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Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv): Smart charging management for daily city e-bus operators

The connection capacity required for our electric buses is well managed by the charging and energy management system from The Mobility House.“ 
– Stefan Prüfer –

Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (rnv) transportation company has put all-electric city buses into everyday use. The Mobility House has contributed a custom-designed charging and energy management system to ensure that bus batteries are always optimally charged at the lowest cost possible. 

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Basel Public Transport: Bus fleet being prepared for an electric future

The Mobility House team won us over with their extensive expertise, practical experience and their willingness to take our customer’s specific circumstances and issues into account to the greatest extent possible.“ – Pascal Lippmann –

The first step to successful electrification is good planning. In cooperation with The Mobility House, the transportation company Basler Verkehrsbetriebe BVB carried out a comprehensive study. Along with completing detailed analyses of the bus routes, scheduling requirements and the future energy and power needs of the electric bus fleet, specific hardware and software recommendations were agreed upon and the associated costs calculated.

Are you looking for individual consultation? We would be happy to support you.

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Manufacturers of electric buses

Manufacturer: Solaris 
Models:  Urbino 12e | 18e
Capacity:  240 kWh | 75 - 240 kWh
Power:  160 kW | 240 kW
Charging mode:  CCS & Pantograph
Manufacturer: BYD 
Models:  Enviro 200 EV
Capacity:  240 kWh
Power:  160 kW | 240 kW
Charging mode:  CCS & Pantograph
Manufacturer: Sileo 
Models:  S12 | S18 
Capacity:  225 kWh | 380 kWh
Power:  240 kW | 480 kW
Charging mode:  CHAdeMO
Manufacturer: Irizar 
Models: i2e
Capacity:  90 - 120 kWh
Power:  180 kW
Charging mode:  CCS
Manufacturer: VDL 
Models:  SLF120 | SLFA180 
Capacity:  63 - 240 kWh | 63 - 180 kWh
Power:  153 kW | 255 kW
Charging mode:  CCS & Pantograph
Manufacturer: Volvo 
Models:  7900 Electric
Capacity: 4x19 kWh
Power: 200 kW
Charging mode:  CCS & Pantograph
Manufacturer: SOR
Models: NB 12 Electric
Capacity:  225 kWh
Power:  160 kW
Charging mode:  Pantograph
Manufacturer: Caetano 
Models: e.City Gold
Capacity: 85 kWh – 250 kWh
Power: 180 kW
Range: 200 km
Charging mode:  CCS
Manufacturer: Proterra 
Models: Catalyst 35/40 Foot
Capacity: 94-440 | 94-660 kWh
Power: 2 x 190 kW
Charging mode:  CCS & Pantograph
Manufacturer: Ebusco
Models: Electric City Bus 2.1
Capacity: 311 kWh
Power: 110-220 kW
Charging mode:  CCS
Manufacturer: Ursus 
Models: City Smile 12M
Capacity: 226 kWh
Power: 105 kW
Charging mode: n.a.
Manufacturer: Daimler 
Models: Citaro E-Cell
Capacity: 243 kWh
Power: 150 kW (CCS)
Range: 150 km
Charging mode:  CCS & Pantograph

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