What are the benefits and advantages of electric buses?
- Environmental benefits of electric buses: the exhaust fumes of diesel buses are a health hazard in big cities, and are extremely unpleasant to breathe. Electric buses have zero tailpipe emissions. Intelligent transportation systems for smart cities are a key stepping stone to cleaner air, decarbonization and fighting climate change.
- Community and social benefits: an efficient and sustainable public transport system makes a city much more liveable by reducing the noise pollution created by loud and clunky diesel buses. Looking at the big picture, electric buses invite city managers to rethink their infrastructure needs. Electric buses silently glide through urban avenues, maintaining lower noise levels both inside and out, making it a wise transit choice for heavily populated streets and neighborhoods. Passengers enjoy a comfortable ride, thanks to pneumatic suspension technology and the positive experience on board has seemingly translated into greater civil respect for the vehicles. Studies have shown a reduction in fare evasion and graffiti markings with the introduction of electric buses in cities.
- Economic benefits: the initial costs of switching to an electric fleet can be high because of the spending needed to build a charging infrastructure. But this investment is offset by savings of up to 70% in other areas: electric buses have lower fuel costs, fewer components, require less maintenance and have a longer life cycle. They may be more expensive at the beginning, but they are far cheaper in the medium and long term. To help with financing, Enel X offers e-Bus as-a-Service, an integrated turnkey solution in which Enel X covers the initial investment and takes on the operating risk.
- Optimising consumption: energy costs can fall even more with new electric bus deposits, which thanks to smart charging can cut electricity consumption by 40%.