Free webinar 24 Aug: Low-to zero-emissions future – starting the journey

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Webinar 24 August, 2023
Time: 1.30-2.30 pm
Cost: Free
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By Jack Kotlyar, Head of Green Transport, EnergyAustralia

As the global focus on sustainability intensifies, the transportation industry is undergoing a transformative shift towards low- to zero-emission solutions. For bus fleet operators in South Australia, adopting electric buses represents a critical opportunity to contribute to a cleaner and greener future.

This is a major undertaking, and there are many factors to consider.
In this article, I will discuss some key things that bus fleet operators need to consider when planning their transition to electric buses.

Efficient and cost-effective infrastructure

Establishing the right charging and energy infrastructure is paramount to optimally operating an electric bus fleet. 

During our August 24 webinar with BusSA, we will explore the various charging options available, such as depot charging, opportunity charging, and en-route charging, and their suitability for different operational requirements. We will delve into the importance of investing in smart charging  infrastructure that enables efficient energy usage, cost management, and integration of renewable energy sources, thus maximising the environmental benefits and minimising long-term expenses.

Navigating complexities: Planning, designing, financing and ESG compliances

The electrification of your bus fleet is a complex project involving a multitude of considerations and complexities.

You might need to work with a team of experts to ensure the project is planned and executed properly. And this team should be able to guide you through planning, designing, and implementing the electrification of your depot and bus routes and compliance with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards. In addition to the above, you will also need to investigate your financing options and explore opportunities for grants, incentives, and partnerships to make your transition economically viable.

During our webinar, we will empower you with the knowledge required to overcome potential obstacles and kickstart the electrification journey.

Seamless transition without compromising operations

One of the main concerns when transitioning to electric buses is maintaining operational efficiency and minimising disruptions. This means your electric buses need to have the same range and capacity as your current buses, requiring you to ensure that your, electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure is in place before transitioning your fleet, which will help keep the disruptions to your bus services as minimal as possible.

As you plan and prepare, you must also address strategies for a seamless
transition, ensuring that kilometres travelled, schedules and run-time are not compromised. Through route optimisation and intelligent  charging infrastructure placement, you can preserve service quality while embracing the sustainability advantages of electric buses.

Grid reliability and energy costs

As part of this transition, the bus industry faces the challenge of relying on the grid for energy certainty. Shifting from easy access to fuel to relying on the grid for electrons can be unnerving, especially when energy costs are skyrocketing.

Ensuring the reliability and stability of the grid is crucial for the success of the transition to electric buses. Our webinar will address strategies to mitigate these challenges, including exploring grid resiliency, upgrades, potential onsite energy generation and storage solutions, and demand management techniques. By proactively addressing grid-related  concerns, we can ensure a seamless and efficient transition that matches or exceeds the reliability of existing operations.

Ensuring the ‘greenification’ of your fleet

Embracing electric buses significantly reduces carbon emissions. However, the level of carbon emissions attached to the electrons that charge your electric vehicles will impact your zero or net-zero emissions targets. This is why it is important to consider incorporating renewable onsite energy generation solutions into your project plan – using solar for energy and batteries for energy storage or opt for energy backed by renewable energy certificates or with certified carbon offsets.

By considering the emissions associated with EV charging, you can make
substantial progress towards your sustainability goals.

Capitalising on energy market changes

The transition to electric buses opens up new opportunities for revenue
generation and cost savings. During our webinar, we will explore how you can take advantage of the evolving energy market. By embracing concepts such as paid public charging, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) services, demand response programs, and energy storage integration, you can transform your electric charging infrastructure into valuable assets that contribute to additional income streams and maximise the return on your EV investment.

The transition to electric buses represents a pivotal moment for bus fleet operators in South Australia. By embracing this change, you have the power to contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Our webinar aims to equip you with the knowledge and insights needed to plan for a low-emissions future effectively. Early preparation and a comprehensive understanding of cost-effective infrastructure, planning complexities, seamless transition strategies, grid constraints, emissions considerations, and energy market changes will pave the way for long-term success.

Register today for the webinar  on August 24 at 1.30 pm to learn more about transitioning to a clean energy future. Hosted by BusSA in partnership with EnergyAustralia.

Meeting link will be sent the day before the webinar.

About the Author

Jack Kotlyar is the Head of Green Transport at EnergyAustralia. He is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to decarbonise the transport sector. 

Jack has over 20 years of experience in the energy industry and is passionate about using technology to create a cleaner and more sustainable future.