2015 - 2018


The goal? To help develop new concepts and business cases to optimise existing electric public transport infrastructure and rolling stock, saving both money and energy.

ELIPTIC - Electrification of Public Transport In Cities - strengthened the role of electric public transport, leading to reduced fossil fuel consumption and people standing on train stationimproved air quality.

The project was based on three thematic pillars:

  1. Safe integration of e-buses into existing electric PT infrastructure through (re)charging e-buses “en route”, upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolley hybrids 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, suburban and also fewer urban contexts. Further take-up of electric vehicles can be supported cost-efficiently by integrating existing electric public transport infrastructure for multi-purpose use.orange and white bus lot

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:

Want to keep up with the latest news? Visit the project's CORDIS page and website.