Sep 02

RET chooses ViriCiti to monitor 198 buses and 45 chargers

RET chooses ViriCiti to monito 198 buses and 45 chargers

ViriCiti’s platform helps RET monitor a mix of electric, diesel, and hybrid buses plus depot and on-route chargers in one single platform. 

Rotterdam, September 2020 — RET (Rotterdamse Elektrische Tram), one of the largest local operators in the Netherlands, is now monitoring 198 buses and 45 chargers using ViriCiti’s telematics system. The public transport operator chose ViriCiti as the preferred monitoring solution for the reliability of its data, its data integration capabilities, and the real-time fleet overview that it offers. 

Since its integration in January 2020, ViriCiti proved to be a trusted tool to help manage the challenges of fleet electrification, and advance RET’s progress on the road to zero-emission transport. 

There were still a lot of unknowns with managing electric buses. ViriCiti enables us to gather data for analysis to improve processes in the future. Real-time bus monitoring is another important feature for us. It gives us great visibility, it’s like our eyes.” | Eric Lensink, Program and Project Manager, RET

Ambitious electrification plan of RET

The Randstad, the densest urban region in the Netherlands, is known for a relatively high level of air pollution. RET has been taking responsible action in addressing this issue through their gradual transition to sustainable transport. The Rotterdam-based public transport operator (PTO) has recently introduced 55 electric buses and 103 hybrid ones in the region. And their efforts won’t stop here — by slowly adopting new clean, quiet buses, RET plans to provide completely emission-free transport by 2030, helping to increase the quality of life in the region. 1

The core of RET’s efficient management of its mixed fleet relies on a data-driven approach, according to Remco Sliedrecht, Chief Functional Management Operations at RET: “Data is vital to us, to make sure the planning aligns well with operations”. And this data-driven approach is already showing fantastic results. The PTO revealed that due to an optimized charging infrastructure and effective planning, its electric buses can drive as much as their diesel ones (400-500 km/day). 

Image 1: RET bus overview in the ViriCiti dashboard

Accelerating the transition to Zero-Emissions transport through data 

RET understands that data is vital for an efficient management of a mixed fleet, and for a swift transition to a zero-emission transport system. The reliability of the data provided by ViriCiti, along with the reporting capabilities, list high among the reasons why RET chose for this telematics solution: 

If there is an issue with e-buses, you now have to look at a laptop, not under the hood of the bus. The technical side of e-buses is very different from diesel. But ViriCiti helps us with data access. We need data for managing electric buses. Without the system of ViriCiti, the condition-based maintenance of the electric vehicles would not be possible. ViriCiti is the perfect tool for our data needs.” | René van Oostenbrugge, Maintenance Engineer & E-Mobility Specialist, RET

The real-time data allows RET to have an overview of their fleet in one blink, says Heleen van Setten. RET pulls ViriCiti data into their platform and traffic control system, in order to have a centralized operation and achieve more efficient route and charging planning: “Without the data provided by ViriCiti, this would be much more difficult.” When necessary, charger resets are performed via the ViriCiti platform to fix charger connectivity issues remotely. 

“We are proud that RET chose us to equip such a large part of their fleet with our system, and happy to see that our platform & data helps operators to accelerate their move towards sustainable transport and to use their zero-emission buses as efficiently as possible”. | Freek Dielissen, Co-founder and CEO, ViriCiti

About ViriCiti:

ViriCiti started in 2012 with a focus on electric buses and trucks and is now market leader in the United States and Europe, with over 3500 buses and chargers connected to its platform. The company is working with over 200 OEMs and fleet operators worldwide and aims to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by offering an all-in-one solution for full-electric as well as mixed fleets. Last January, they raised €6.25 million to expand their focus on the North American market.

About RET:

RET is the dynamic public transport company of the city region of Rotterdam. RET provides carefree public transport by bus, tram, metro and boat. As an integrated public transport company, they are also responsible for the management and maintenance of the vehicles and infrastructure. The RET strives for perfectly organized and executed public transport with the highest quality for the traveler.

About The Author

Cristiana Stoian, Communications Manager and ViriCitizen