Action Plan for Energy-efficient PT Infrastructure Deployment in Budapest
In June 2022, BKK finalised its Action Plan for Energy-efficient PT Infrastructure Deployment in Budapest funded in the EfficienCE Interreg project. Complementing BKK’s Vehicle Strategy, the document specifies the decarbonisation process of Budapest’s public transport sector for the 2022-2050 timeframe. The action plan evaluated the timing of procurement activities, in order to reach the zero-emission goal for 2050.
In the action plan, BKK experts identified targets and dates for the transformation of bus and trolleybus transport in Budapest. The aim is for all buses and coaches in Budapest to be locally zero-emission by 2050. If the appropriate resources are available, it is planned the replacement of the most polluting diesel buses below EURO 5 by 2026 - around 400 pcs, procurement of zero-emission buses (battery-powered trolleybuses and/or e-buses) and development of the necessary charging infrastructure between 2026 and 2030, further procurement of zero-emission buses (battery-powered trolleybuses and/or e-buses) and development of the necessary charging infrastructure; in addition, conversion of external operator contracts to zero-emission requirements between 2030 and 2040.
During the action plan development process, a round-table discussion was held together with Wiener Linien to identify best practices and future strategy goals, in relation to public transport electrification. Among the stakeholders, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) as a research institute and Budapest’s and Hungary’s biggest transportation service providers (BKV and Volánbusz) were represented.
As a pilot research, BME evaluated electrification options of dedicated bus lines, in order to establish a methodology that could serve as a baseline research for future development actions. In this pilot, 15 lines with possible short-term electrification (either by fully electric buses or by trolleybuses) were analysed.
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