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Electrifying public transportation

A guide to help you transition to electric vehicles with minimum risk



We are currently witnessing a real shift towards zero-emission and carbon-neutral transport.

The electric future is not only reserved for private vehicles, but for public and commercial transportation, too.

Who is this guide for

  • Public transport authorities and operators
  • Infrastructure consultation companies who will be advising in the transition
  • Industrial companies including vehicle manufacturers, charging technology providers and software developers.

What will you get

This 14-page guide explores how to:

  • overcome the most common challenges of electrification,
  • avoid costly mistakes,
  • and take the next steps on your electrification journey.

We will address questions such as: How to maintain the reliability of an electrified transport system? How to ensure an infrastructure that supports the optimal use of the fleet? How to make a smooth transition?

You will hear success stories from Helsinki, Finland and Santiago de Chile – two very different capital cities – and the key findings that the decision-makers in these cities had. 

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Table of contents

Chapter 1: The benefits of transport electrification

Chapter 2: Overcoming common challenges

  • Taking city's topography and climate into account
  • Planning the charging infrastructure and selecting the right technologies
  • Making everything work together seamlessly
  • Selecting the best techno-economical deployment scenario

Chapter 3: Support your decision-making with VTT Smart eFleet

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About VTT

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner for companies and the society. We bring together people, business, science and technology to solve the biggest challenges of our time. This is how we create sustainable growth, jobs and wellbeing and bring exponential hope.

VTT is one of the leading research organisations in Europe, and we have 80 years of experience in cutting-edge research and science-based results. Our more than 2,000 professionals work to develop systemic and technological solutions that can bring about fundamental transformation.

We promise to always think beyond the obvious.

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