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Transport technology: will moves to net zero fundamentally change the bus industry?

James Freeman in conversation with Leon Daniels, Vice President, CILT and member of the Government’s Net Zero Transport Board: net zero and the cost structures, supply chains and economics of the industry...

James Freeman
26 October 2021


This week sees the second of BRTuk's series of six Lunchtime Masterclasses, on October 28 between 12.30 and 13.30, chaired by BRTuk's James Freeman in the run-up to the annual Quality Bus summit in March 22.

Register free here

Once again, we are welcoming a very august and experienced speaker in Leon Daniels, who will talk about the technical challenges ahead.  In particular, he will look at the switch away from diesel to new forms of propulsion, mainly – but not only – battery electric traction, and he will also look more widely across at developments in the support side of transport such as ticketing and so much more that you don't see with the naked eye.

Last Thursday in the first Lunchtime Masterclass, David Leeder highlighted four "meteorites" heading for the bus world. One of these meteorites, he said, was electrification. He described how moving away from diesel will make a fundamental change to the cost structures, supply chains and overall economics of the industry. This Thursday we focus on this aspect specifically, with Leon Daniels, whose wide experience makes him the ideal commentator on the subject.

Leon will explore the challenges of technological change in more detail, considering the issues, for example, around batteries - how they are recycled and/or eventually disposed of, what's the impact of the necessary charging infrastructure? Radically new vehicle types will alter the supply chain for buses and what's needed to keep them going, while the skill set of the average diesel fitter will certainly be redundant. What about hydrogen? Is that a viable alternative? What other opportunities exist? 

There is also huge change in the support side of the bus business - in telematics and ticketing to name but two. Leon will look across the scene and give his view as to where it is all leading us. It's a rich topic, so register now to join us, James Freeman and Leon Daniels, on Thursday 28th at 1230.

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