City: The British capital is the most populous city in the EU with the population amounting to almost 10 million.
Public transport in London: Transport for London (TfL) has developed one of the most extensive public transport networks in the world, including the oldest and second longest metro system and 24 h/day bus service.
In the project: ELIPTIC activities in London are led by TfL.
ELIPTIC use cases in London:
Pillar A - Opportunity (re)charging of e-buses and/or plug-in hybrid buses by using metro infrastructure
The stakeholders conduct a feasibility study to identify where are interchanges suitable for possible sharing of London Underground (LU)’s high-voltage electrical power network to recharge electric buses. As the second step, a demonstration link to the ZeEUS project will be launched, in which e-buses will be charged by using metro infrastructure. The stakeholders will monitor in real time the pilot connection(s) from the LU network to bus station(s) or bus garages, where a number of range-extended hybrid buses will be charged. As a part of this demonstration, eight pure e-buses will be charged overnight, which could complement LU’s typical energy demand patterns.
Pillar C - Use of metro sub-station for (re)charging TfL fleet vehicles (e-cars & e-vans) and zero-emission capable taxis
The aim of this use case is to assess the potential for multi-purpose infrastructure, which could support the recharging of other plug-in vehicles. The study also investigates the potential for using the LU power network for charging electric cars and commercial vehicles, such as TfL support fleet vehicles. Such a network of rapid charging hubs could also support the policy proposal of Mayor of London requiring all newly-licensed taxis operating in London from 2018 to be zero-emissions-capable.