We looked at how over 100 e-buses from various OEMs perform across all seasons
AMSTERDAM, JULY 2020 – ViriCiti released a report providing precise data on the average consumption of electric buses and the average distance driven on a fully charged battery. This research is the first of its kind to analyze the performance of such a large sample of buses (+100) consistently over several seasons and months, and to look separately at how much 12-meter and 18-meter buses consume in cold, normal, and high temperatures.
Cold weather can increase consumption by 21%
Temperature is known to be one of the main factors influencing electric bus range and consumption. ViriCiti found that the consumption of 12-meter buses goes up by 14% in cold temperatures on average. High temperatures also increase the consumption by 9%.
Similar effects were noticed on the 18-meter buses. Data showed the average consumption increasing by 21% during cold weather, and by 12% when the temperature is high.
Dutch E-Buses used for around 200 km/day
The study indicates that the average distance driven of the 12-meter buses analyzed is 218.02 km (135.47 miles) per day. For the 18-meter buses, the average is 164.32 km (102.10 miles) per day. To contextualize these numbers, empirical field data from various Dutch operators working with ViriCiti shows that with optimized infrastructure and operational processes, electric buses are able to run as much as diesel buses (up to 500 km/day).
Over 100+ buses analyzed
With over 3,500 buses and chargers across the world, ViriCiti is the market leader in electric bus telematics in Europe and USA. To get to these results, ViriCiti gathered, anonymized and analyzed data from 79 12-meter buses and 27 18-meter buses active across 7 cities in the Netherlands and linked to the ViriCiti dashboard. The buses are produced by various manufacturers.
The daily temperatures were calculated on average and divided into 3 categories: cold temperatures (-10 – 14 °C, or 14 – 57 °F average), normal (15 – 19 °C, or 58 – 67 °F average), and high (20 – 29 °C, or 68 – 84 °F average). The calculation method can be found in the full report.
The full research report is available below.