The ZeEUS project: Rolling out urban electric buses in Europe

Endesa is the only Spanish utility, and one of just two representatives from the European electricity sector, to be included in the consortium involved in the EC’s Project ZeEUS (Zero Emission Urban Bus System). This pioneering initiative, which kicks off today, intends to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social viability of electric urban buses.
With a budget of EURO 22.2 million and scheduled to run for 42 months, Project ZeUS is included in the EC’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7).
The consortium has 40 partners including top flight European companies and institutions such as Eurelectric, Vatenfall, Volvo, Skoda, UITP (Union Internationale Des Transports Publics), IDIADA, Bus Transport For London, Universita Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza, ASSTRA (Associazione Trasporti). Transportes Metropolitanos de Barcelona (TMB) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Irizar, GMV and Enide are other Spanish partners which, together with Endesa, will carry out demonstration tests in Barcelona, the only Spanish city to be included in the project. Project ZeEUS will be trialled in eight cities including Barcelona, Bonn, Rome, Pilsen, Munster and one city in Italy (to be determined) where electric buses will be used. Meanwhile London, Glasgow and Stockholm will trial hybrid, extended-range vehicles.
The Barcelona demonstration project, involving Endesa, includes four buses and four rapid charging facilities at the city’s bus depot. Endesa will be responsible for:
Designing a smart system to manage the charging process.
Monitoring the impact of the various charging processes on the quality of the electricity grid.
Liaising with other European e-mobility projects such as Green eMotion, and dissemination via Eurelectric.