Project Details


The ELIPTIC project addressed the topic of transforming the use of conventionally fuelled vehicles in urban areas and aimed at analysing the potentials for upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (i.e. trolleybus, tram, light rail and metro) while ensuring the safe integration of electric vehicles into infrastructure, in line with the trend towards electromobility.


Project details

Duration 06/2015 - 05/2018


Coordinator City of Bremen

Project goal

The main objectives of ELIPTIC were:

  • Safe integration of ebuses into existing electric PT infrastructure:
    • (re)charging ebuses “en route” (e.g. trolleybus operated on tram infrastructure) or on the spot (battery buses/ hybrids charged from trolleybus, tram, metro network);
    • upgrading trolleybus networks with battery buses or trolley hybrids (diesel bus substitution);
  • Upgrading and/or regenerating electric public transport systems (flywheel, reversible substations)
    • analyse smart energy management concepts for (existing) electric public transport networks
  • Multi-purpose use of electric public transport infrastructure:
    • safe (re)charging of non-public transport vehicles (pedelecs, electric cars/ taxis, utility trucks)
    • analyse the potential of existing electric public transport infrastructure to become a backbone for smart electromobility


The ELIPTIC partner cities of Bremen (DE), London (UK), Brussels (BE), Barcelona (ES), Warsaw (PL), Leipzig (DE), Oberhausen (DE), Gdynia (PL), Eberswalde (DE), Szeged (HU) and Lanciano (IT) demonstrated an immense number of electric buses and a wide array of technological approaches towards electrification. All results of the ELIPTIC project can be found on the <link https: results external-link-new-window external link in new>ELIPTIC website.

Role of Rupprecht Consult

We managed the project together with the City of Bremen and carried out the ELIPTIC Twinning Programme and User Forum, thus ensuring Europe-wide transferability. Our role was also to lead on the process evaluation and host a series of webinars on different topics related to bus electrification and charging approaches.

Project partners