for bus - motorcoach - school bus

Relaunch - Zero Emission - Digitalisation

Live sessions

Check out the live sessions on 3 topics during 3 days in a balanced program for the bus, school bus and motorcoach sector. You can find the different sessions in the schedule below. The program will be updated regularly with names of speakers and moderators. Feel free to apply.

 

Break out Q&A

Most live session will be followed by a break out room, so you can ask all your questions by having a conversation with the speakers (you can turn on your camera and microphone), or you can listen to other people's questions. Often, this is the most interesting part of the session. So don't miss it.

 

Sponsor sessions

In between the programme live sessions, sponsors will have the opportunity to show their latests products and services or host a topical session of their own. Keep on eye on the program to see all the updates. Or more easy: register for free. And you'll be updated all the time!

 

Rewatch

After the digital summit, you will have the possibility to rewatch the recordings of the sessions, BUT not the break out rooms! So being there live is better anyway.

 

Look at the detailed program below of the Busworld sessions. The sponsor sessions will be added in due time.

Eastern Time ET (UTC/GMT -5:00)

Day 1 (06.02.2021)

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The North American Bus & Coach Market: today and tomorrow

Frost & Sullivan's analysis offers an answer to the following questions:

  • what types of vehicles (powertrains, size, comfort level, etc..) to invest in to be able to respond to coming market requests ?
  • the impact of Covid-19 on sales and operations? 
  • How fast will new powertrains gain market share in transit, school bus and coach activies?
  • What sizes and comfort level will be in demand in the future?
  • What is the comparison of the North American market with the rest of the world?

Speaker: Kaul Veerender - Frost & Sullivan

Mr. Kaul leads Frost & Sullivan’s Commercial Mobility practice. With over 20 years of consulting and industry experience,He--he has authored/coauthored over a hundred studies with a heavy concentration on Powertrain and Chassis topics. Mr. Kaul has also led well over a hundred strategic consulting engagements with vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers and service providers across the passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and construction and mining industries.

His professional career includes extensive experience in engineering functions (Production and Industrial Engineering) at automotive OEMs and Tier 1 supplier, which provides him profound understanding and appreciation of automotive business operations and decision environment. He’s a trusted advisor to senior executives in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry with deep domain knowledge and functional skill sets to tackle complex business situations and challenges.

Mr. Kaul has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Business Management.

 

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CEO panel - views on the American Bus & Coach Market: today and tomorrow

Panel discussion by CEO's of bus & coach manufacturing companies.

Panel members to be confirmed asap.

 

Want to participate? Contact jan.deman@busworld.org

 

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Electrification of the school bus fleet

School buses and the school transportation service design are very matchable with the electrification of the school bus fleet due to distances and time schedules. The use of smaller batteries and daytime recharging can be investigated.

The US Department of Energy is considering financial incentives to replace diesel school buses with electric counterparts as well as pay for charging infrastructure.

Will massive deployment of a zero emission bus fleet start with the school buses?

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BREAK OUT ROOM - Electrification of the school bus fleet

In this part of the session, you are redirected to a break out room, where you can open your own camera and microphone (or not, up to you) and ask question to the speaker(s). 

The interactivity lifts the session to a higher level. 

Even if you only come to listen to the other question, it will be worth it.

 

Eastern Time ET (UCT/GMT - 5:00)

Day 2 (06.03.2021)

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Depot energy management for electric fleets

Implementing electric buses in the operations of bus and coach companies is complicated. Besides the higher capex, that needs to be compensated by a lower fuel and maintenance cost, it involves big changes and investments in the depots where the vehicles are charged.

The ratio of electricity to be bought from the providers and the self-production via solar or wind energy is of great importance. 

Smart charging, grid to vehicle and vehicle to grid  is to be considered.

The energy management in the depot is a decisive factor in the rentability of each company running electric buses and/or coaches, whether it is in transit, in school bus services or in long haul and tourism.

Speaker(s):

Annelies Delnooz - VITO (website)

Annelies Delnooz is the scientific coordinator of Busworld Foundation’s program on smart energy management in bus depots at the moment of electrification of the bus fleet. 

She has 10 years of experience in electricity markets economics and regulation. She is a senior researcher and project manager at VITO/Energyville (Belgium). She is mainly involved in research on energy market designs and concepts in an international context. In addition to her expertise in the field of energy markets, she focusses on the integration of various innovative energy technologies within a Smart Grid context. Besides her involvement in the Busworld Foundation’s program, she is currently engaged in different national and international research projects focussing on these topics, inter alia CoordiNet, AmBIENCe, IndustRE, and EASME.

Annelies obtained her Master’s degree in applied economics at Hasselt University.

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BREAK OUT ROOM - Depot energy management for electric fleets

In this part of the session, you are redirected to a break out room, where you can open your own camera and microphone (or not, up to you) and ask question to the speaker(s). 

The interactivity lifts the session to a higher level. 

Even if you only come to listen to the other question, it will be worth it.

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Is hydrogen the fuel of the future for bus & coach?

The webinar will give you an overview of the present and future deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell buses and coaches in the US, Canada and Mexico. 

  • Is hydrogen the fuel of the future  
  • What does the Capex and TCO of H-buses look like and how will it evolve?
  • How does the implementation of hydrogen buses change your operations? 
  • How to purchase and/or produce hydrogen to be used in your buses?
  • Best case experiences from operators, bus manufacturers and hydrogen providers will be shared.
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BREAK OUT ROOM - Is hydrogen the fuel of the future for bus & coach?

In this part of the session, you are redirected to a break out room, where you can open your own camera and microphone (or not, up to you) and ask question to the speaker(s). 

The interactivity lifts the session to a higher level. 

Even if you only come to listen to the other question, it will be worth it.

Eastern Time ET (UCT/GMT -5:00)

Day 3 (06.04.2021)

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Air treatment in vehicles, an overview

The spread of viruses via aerosols is proven to be the biggest source of contamination. Aerosols are emitted when we breath out, speak, or cough, are floating in the air and inhaled by other passengers. If not, they are attached to seats, handholds or other surfaces in the bus… and remain a possible infection source.  

What do we know today about the different ways to fight this?

Speaker(s):

Prof. Michel De Paepe - Ghent University

Prof. Michel De Paepe is a professor of Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of the Ghent University. Ghent University is the leading university of Belgium and is currently ranked 66th on the Shanghai academic ranking of world universities.  

Within the university, Michel De Paepe is the head of the Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer Research Group. Research within this group focuses on: thermodynamics of new energy systems, performance of HVAC systems, energy in buildings and complex heat transfer phenomena in industrial applications such as in compact heat exchangers, combustion engines, refrigerant two-phase flow and electrical drive train cooling.  Michel De Paepe is (co)author of 157 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 350 conference papers (H-index of 30).  

He is the scientific coordinator of the Busworld Foundation study on adapted air ventilation and air flows in buses and coaches, in order to prevent the spread of viruses.

 

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BREAK OUT ROOM - Air treatment in vehicles, an overview

In this part of the session, you are redirected to a break out room, where you can open your own camera and microphone (or not, up to you) and ask question to the speaker(s). 

The interactivity lifts the session to a higher level. 

Even if you only come to listen to the other question, it will be worth it.

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Multimodal and integrated mobility offer - Bus & Coach in MaaS and SaaS

Mobility as a Service envisions to provide door-to-door mobility via multimodal transport services.  The urban bus system will remain the backbone of urban mobility network. First and last mile solutions but also niche market offers, such as employee transportation, will complete and strengthen the regular bus services.

This is where demand responsive transport comes in the picture. It also contributes in the economic feasibility of the promised door-to-door transport services.  Establishing transport on demand offers exceptional opportunities for collaboration between public organizers of public transport and private bus and coach operators. 

Find out how it is already working in several cities and states.

 

 

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BREAK OUT ROOM - Multimodal, all about bus & coach in MaaS and SaaS

In this part of the session, you are redirected to a break out room, where you can open your own camera and microphone (or not, up to you) and ask question to the speaker(s). 

The interactivity lifts the session to a higher level. 

Even if you only come to listen to the other question, it will be worth it.