• A detailed description of the project itself (timeline, goals, etc.)
     
  • A detailed discussion of the trial location based on (i) Relevance (to encourage visibility); (ii) Suitability (demanding routes may increase the technical difficulties)
     
  • A technical description of the route on which the buses will serve (route length; number of stops; driving cycle; etc.)
     
  • A contingency plan should tasks require more time than expected or fail
     
  • A description of the technology to be procured -not over-specify details but rather focus on core performance specifications
     
  • Include a strategy for bus and refuelling station maintenance
  • allocate responsibility for tasks before/after the procurement of the project beginning, allocate responsibility for tasks before/after the procurement
  • Understand the relevant regulation codes and standards (RCS)
  • Keep a project risk register

Lessons learned in CHIC

  • A teething period is to be expected at the operation’s start, in which the availability of the buses may be lower than expected. The length of the teething period depends on the training of the maintenance staff, maturity of the vehicle technology, components and integration
     
  • It is also recommended that the acceptance tests for the vehicles are made more comprehensive to evaluate vehicle real performance. A minimum mileage should be considered as “tests” before the buses enter full service/operation
     
  • In addition new acceptance protocols appropriate to an electric drivetrain are required which go over and above those developed for a conventional mechanical drivetrain (test of communications, test of cycling behavior etc.)