2015 - 2018


The European Bus System of the Future 2 (EBSF_2) project capitalized on the results of the previous EBSF project. EBSF_2 focused on developing a new generation of urban bus systems by means of new vehicle technologies and infrastructures in combination with operational best practices, and tested them in operating scenarios within several European bus networks.

The distinctive factor of EBSF_2 was the consortium’s ambition to improve the image of the bus through solutions for increased efficiency of the system.

In the frames of the EBSF_2 project, innovative solutions for urban and suburban bus systems were tested and evaluated in order to improve the efficiency of operations and the image of the bus. By involving 12 demonstration sites with more than 500 vehicles, the project validated in real operational scenarios the potential impact of technological innovations – almost ready for application – and developed efficient answers to both citizens and bus stakeholders’ needs.

The EBSF_2 technological innovations was tested in 12 European cities: Barcelona, Dresden, Gothenburg, Helsinki, London, Lyon, Paris City and Paris area (Brunoy and Nanterre), Madrid, Ravenna, San Sebastian, and Stuttgart.

Each city was committed to test a subset of innovations and several vehicles were equipped with these solutions and ran in operation for a period of between six months and one year. Overall, the 12 demonstrations dealt with most current propulsion technologies (internal combustion, hybrid, electric) and addressed very different bus services (from Bus Rapid Transit to local lines) by involving in the tests more than 500 vehicles (operative buses or prototypes).

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The project ran from May 2015 to April 2018, obtaining €10 million from the European Horizon 2020 Innovation action (IA) programme.

For more information about the project, please visit EBSF_2 CORDIS page.