2015 - 2018


ELIPTIC (Electrification of Public Transport In Cities) helped develop new concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric public transport infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy. The project strengthened the role of electric public transport, leading to reduced fossil fuel consumption and improved air quality.

The project was based on three thematic pillars:

  1. Safe integration of ebuses into existing electric PT infrastructure through (re)charging ebuses “en route”, upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolleyhybrids and automatic wiring/de-wiring technology.
  2. Upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (flywheel, reversible substations).
  3. Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure: safe (re)charging of non-public transport vehicles (pedelecs, electric cars/ taxis, utility trucks).

ELIPTIC focused on the use of existing electric public transport systems (including light rail, metro, tram and trolleybus) for the electrification of multimodal mobility approaches in the urban, sub-urban and also less urban context. Further take-up of electric vehicles can be supported cost-efficiently by integrating existing electric public transport infrastructure for multi-purpose use.

To achieve this goal, ELIPTIC analysed 20 concepts within 11 cities (Barcelona, Bremen, Brussels, Eberswalde, Gdynia, Lanciano, Leipzig, London, Oberhausen, Szeged and Warsaw).

The project supported the uptake and exploitation of results by developing guidelines and tools for upgrading and regenerating electric public transport systems. ELIPTIC also advocated for an electric public transport sector at the political level and helped develop political support across Europe.

ELIPTIC's key deliverables:

The project ran from June 2015 to may 2018, funded under the European Horizon 2020 programme.

For more information about the project, please visit ELIPTIC website and the CORDIS page