E-MetroBus Berlin

Electrification of MetroBus lines in Berlin public transport with fast-charging infrastructure
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About the project

Project duration

The E-MetroBus project runs from January 2019 to January 2023.


E-MetroBus is a research and development project which receives funding within the framework of the Electromobility funding directive of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.


In order to avoid long charging-related downtimes, the buses must be able to be charged at high power.

Charging infrastructure

The charging infrastructure, which is being tested in E-MetroBus, provides power of over 300kW. The electricity required for this is to be generated directly from renewable energy sources as well as supplied from the supply network.

Project goals

As experience in other cities shows, electric buses are stable and are already making many cities around the world a lot more liveable. Of course, BVG also wants to gain its own experience with the operation of electric buses and their charging infrastructure. For this reason, BVG has joined forces with TU Berlin and the Reiner Lemoine Institute in a research constellation for the electric articulated buses in the E-MetroBus project. The findings from the project are to be incorporated into BVG's subsequent electric bus projects and also help other cities to electrify their bus fleets. Thus, the E-MetroBus project is a pioneer for future electromobility.

The RLI is developing various scenarios for E-MetroBus of how a local, network-friendly supply of the charging stations can be achieved. The energy systems are modelled, simulated and their topology is then optimised from an economic and ecological perspective. In order to relieve the local power grid, the use of renewable energy systems and their integration into smart grids, which regulate consumption and generation in the grid according to energy requirements, will be examined in detail. Synergies with other modes of transport and their transferability to transport companies of different sizes will then be examined

In the E-MetroBus project, the TU Berlin is responsible for current application research. In particular, the researched topics are the development of an E-bus control system, the feasibility study of mobile rapid charging stations, as well as the energy-efficient air-conditioning and heating, and the environmental balance of the electric buses used. On the other hand, the TU Berlin is carrying out the support of technical tasks for the BVG, for example in the development of the operating and incident concept by means of simulations as well as in data monitoring and data evaluation.

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