The City of Eindhoven in the Netherlands features the largest electric bus fleet in Europe. There are already 43 articulated electric buses in operation and full-coverage rollout is on the way. As a frontrunner in technology, the city´s goal is to have the entire public transport emission free and from renewable sources by 2020. To accomplish this aim, a solid integrated approach is required of production, deployment, planning and social innovation.
The planning department of the municipality of Eindhoven has the task of preparing the city´s infrastructure. On the main transport axes, connecting the city centre with surrounding districts and nearby settlements, separate bus lanes are being built. Local company VDL Bus & Coach supplies the award-winning bus Citea Electric. The ultra fast charging infrastructure and battery systems are provided by industry leader Heliox, also a local company. They can fully charge a bus in less than six minutes, enabling a driving range of over 100 kilometres.
It not only comes down to physical alteration of the city´s roadway plan or ground-breaking technology: the bus routing schedule and driver´s behaviour are just as important to accomplish the feat. The bus drivers need to accelerate and break in a way that energy is recovered
Brainport Eindhoven in the Netherlands is a global centre of high-tech manufacturing, hardware research and industrial design. The City of Eindhoven is often dubbed the Dutch Capital of Technology, Knowledge & Design. Topping the European patent charts year by year by far, Forbes described Brainport Eindhoven as ‘hands-down the most inventive city in the world’. Fortune predicts Eindhoven as ‘the next Silicon Valley’ and The New York Times praised it as ‘the global center of design experimentation’.
According to the European Commission, the Brainport Eindhoven region is crucial for the future development of Europe, because of its strong presence in four out of six Key Enabling Technologies: Photonics, Nano Electronics, Advanced Materials and Advanced Manufacturing. As birth ground of car navigation, Brainport Eindhoven is a global frontrunner in multiple Smart Cities technologies, such as cooperative and automated driving, traffic monitoring, data science, electric vehicle charging and thin film solar.
The Brainport Foundation is an economic board of public authorities, industry and knowledge partners, dedicated to further strengthen the high-tech cluster Brainport Eindhoven. It is world renown for its culture of trust-based close collaboration that speeds up innovation. Its international research platforms are easy accessible and reduce time-to-market of innovations with years. Brainport Eindhoven is home of health electronics giant Philips, Smart Mobility chip manufacturer NXP and ground-breaking lithography company ASML, the sole supplier of chip machines for Intel and Samsung. Without ASML’s cutting-edge technology, the smartphones we have right now would not have existed.