Method Including Power Grid Model and Route Simulation to Aid Planning and Operation of an Electric Bus Fleet

Mikaela Ranta, V. Karvonen, J.J. Potter, Riku Pasonen, Esa Pursiheimo, Teemu Halmeaho, Pavel Ponomarev, Mikko Pihlatie

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    A fleet of electric buses can be a challenging load for power grids. This opens interesting opportunities for dialogue between power system design and electric bus route and concept development. A suite of cooperating tools was created to study this interaction, combining a power-grid-connection cost model, a route design and drawing tool, and a tool to simulate electric buses driving along the designed routes. The results obtained from simulations correspond well to measured data. The tools presented can be used for planning the bus operation and for estimating investment and operating costs of a proposed system design. Future work will combine the separate tools into a joint simulation platform with a convenient user interface.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2016 IEEE Vehicle Power and Propulsion Conference (VPPC)
    PublisherIEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-3528-1
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-3529-8
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventVehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2016 - Hangzhou, China
    Duration: 17 Oct 201620 Oct 2016


    ConferenceVehicle Power and Propulsion Conference, VPPC 2016
    Abbreviated titleVPPC 2016


    • electric bus fleet
    • simulation
    • analysis
    • geographical information system
    • power flow solver
    • smart grid
    • charger load profile


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