Passengers appreciate eco-friendly driving on public transport vehicles and accept longer journey times

New findings: According to a recently conducted survey amongst 5000 public transport travelers in Leipzig (Germany), Brno (Czech Republic) and Parma (Italy), 80% said that they appreciate the efforts by their local operating companies to train staff on environmentally-friendly and economically-efficient driving methods. (In Parma the level of approval was even 96%!) From those surveyed in all three cities, two thirds would be willing to accept a slightly longer journey time in order to save energy and enhance sustainable mobility.  press release read all[Leer más]


Our drivers have an environmentally-friendly foot!

The public transport operator Trasporti Pubblici Parma (TEP) in Italy has developed a brand-new image campaign in order to promote the recent education program and training sessions which the staff members of the company completed. All drivers were trained on the concepts and actual techniques of energy-efficient driving, the reduction of energy consumption in public transportation and the enhancement of passenger comfort. Based on recent customer surveys and operational observations in Parma, it seems that both measures have already proven successful! 84% of passengers have stated that they would accept a slightly longer journey time in order to ensure an energy-efficient ride, while 74% of travelers generally find energy savings and environmental sustainability important!TEP promotes training sessions and education for a driving style that respects the environmentA correct driving style can reduce energy consumption as well as polluting emissionOur drivers attend training courses to improve their driving style“Come aboard! We are taking you towards a more sustainable future!”[Leer más]


Herzliche Einladung: "Train the trainer", Workshop, 10.09.2014, Leipzig,

only for german speaking drivers:  Wir möchten Sie herzlich zu unserem „Train-the-trainer“ Workshop eco-driving von Straßenbahnen am 10.09.2014 – im Anschluss an die VDV Akademie (Fahrlehrer-Weiterbildung für Straßen-/Stadt- und U-Bahn am 08.09.2014 - 09.09.2014)- in Leipzig einladen.Nach Durchführung eines ersten Train-the-trainer Workshops, welches begeistert aufgenommen wurde, haben wir uns entschieden, weitere im September und Dezember 2014 zur Thematik eco-driving anzubieten.Der Workshop ist Bestandteil des europäischen Projektes ACTUATE  - Fortbildung für sicheres, wirtschaftliches Fahren elektrisch betriebener Fahrzeuge (http://www.ACTUATE-ecodriving.eu/index.php?id=2&L=1), von dem Sie evtl. bereits bei vorherigen Fahrlehrer-Weiterbildungen erfahren haben.Programmhinweise:Vorabendtreffen am 9. September (Uhrzeit und Ort wird noch rechtzeitig bekannt gegeben)Der Workshop startet am 10. September; Dauer: 9 Uhr bis ca. 15:00 Uhr (in den Räumlichkeiten der LAB an der Angerbrücke).Die Agenda wird folgende Punkte enthalten:Begrüßung und Einführung in das Projekt ACTUATEErläuterung und Hintergrundinformationen zur Erstellung des Trainingsprogramms und der...[Leer más]


Project partners gathered for June meetings in Brno

On 3 and 4 June 2014, the project partners gathered for a series of meetings in Brno, Czech Republic. After a review of previous achievements and results, the formal exchange of lessons learned took center stage. All participants shared information and know-how about the eco-driving training sessions which were held for trams, trolleybuses and hybrid vehicles. It is planned to actively use and apply the project results around the EU. Therefore it is all the more important that all partners can make their training results and lessons learned accessible to other public transport operators. Of course one must thereby take into consideration the different local parameters in each city. The results gathered quickly proved that the project goals of 3% energy savings for trams and 5% for diesel buses or electric buses such as hybrids or trolleys are realistic. Even greater energy savings could be achieved if modifications are made to timetables and journey times are slightly reduced. Almost all project participants consider the difficulty in reliably and consistently recording the degree of energy savings as the greatest challenge. The acquisition and installation of technical...[Leer más]


Drivers make the difference – Massive fuel savings for tractors

According to the Austrian agricultural bulletin “Bauernzeitung”, drivers are the key factor to successfully implementing eco-friendly driving methods and saving substantial amounts of fuel.An illustration printed in the „Bauernzeitung“ shows the driving style and corresponding fuel consumption of three different drivers while operating a 99 kW tractor with a manual transmission. All drivers completed the same journey with the tractor and its loaded trailer. Driver 5 managed to use the least amount of fuel (37.5 liters per 100 km) by applying a speed of 28.4 km/h. The highest fuel consumption was caused by driver 7 (45.2 l/100 km) while driving at a speed of 34.8 km/h. In contrast, driver 2 operated his tractor at a speed of 38 km/h and only used 39.5 l/100 km. These findings thus show how driver 2 was much faster than driver 7, while even saving almost 6 liters of fuel. These excellent values are not coincidental, because driver 7 was directly applying eco-driving methods! He quickly shifted into a higher gear when accelerating; he only shifted into a lower gear on downhill gradients rather late and he avoided unnecessary breaking or accelerating when passing through towns, by...[Leer más]


Wiener Linien: 17% less energy consumption

Vienna: The local public transport operator Wiener Linien has succeeded in reducing its energy consumption by 17%! A new study compiled by TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology) on behalf of the municipal utilities company Wiener Stadtwerke shows that between 2005 and 2012 these significant energy savings were successfully achieved. Per passenger journey by subway, tramway or bus, Wiener Linien now only needs 0.55 instead of 0.66 kilowatt hours.Effective measures for energy efficiencyFor several years already, Wiener Linien has been implementing innovative and effective energy saving solutions, which are either simple or sophisticated in scope. Thanks to regenerative braking, all subway and tramway vehicles put energy back into the grid, whenever the drivers apply the brakes. New eco-driving techniques on the ULF type low-floor trams have also resulted in significant energy savings, as the staff has been methodically trained to accelerate less suddenly and thereby use less electricity. On the subway vehicles, newly installed computer software automatically regulates the speed according to the timetable and thereby helps optimize performance and power usage. Also...[Leer más]


3rd of 4th ACTUATE Newsletter is availiable

Here you will find the link to the newsletter: [Leer más]

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