Swiss eBus plus

In order to make public transport even more environmentally friendly, conventional diesel buses are to be replaced with electrically powered vehicles. Their disadvantages are to be reduced within this project.


  • Lead school School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Institute Institute for Energy and Mobility Research IEM
  • Research unit IEM / Batteries and storage systems
  • Funding organisation Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft (Bundesverwaltung)
  • Duration (planned) 01.09.2022 - 01.02.2026
  • Project management Prof. Dr. Priscilla Caliandro
  • Head of project Prof. Dr. Priscilla Caliandro
  • Project staff Bruno Eric Marc Lemoine
  • Partner Carosserie Hess AG
    Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich
    ETH Zurich
  • Keywords Electromobility, e-Bus, battery technology, fast charging, battery ageing


In order to achieve the ambitious goals of environmentally friendly public transport, conventional diesel buses must be replaced with electrically powered alternatives. In this context, however, battery electric buses still have significant disadvantages compared to diesel buses, particularly in terms of the possible range. In the research and demonstration project «Swiss eBus Plus», these disadvantages are to be reduced. This requires a completely new conception of the battery bus instead of the previously pursued orientation towards diesel vehicle concepts.

Course of action

In the project, a demonstration vehicle based on new findings from research, technology development and Swiss innovations will be developed, built and tested, and operated in real scheduled service. The challenge is to improve the trade-off between range, installed battery capacity, resource use, energy consumption and payload in order to enable a substitute to today's diesel vehicle. As a result, it will be possible to meet the high operational requirements of Switzerland's public transport system, especially in agglomeration areas. In the project, BFH researchers are focusing on the battery technology. The battery is the most important, but also the most challenging element for the design and planning of an electric bus. In particular, it is difficult to record precise performance figures and estimate the lifespan. Therefore, the ageing process will be constantly monitored with a measurement campaign. In addition, as part of the project, a new generation of batteries will be used in a city bus for the first time, which has almost twice the energy density with the same weight and space requirements. However, this technology exhibits a fundamentally different behaviour during fast charging. In order to characterise this, BFH will use automated test benches to determine the number of charging and discharging cycles to be expected for individual cells and modules.

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Die BFH und Partner forschen am Linienbus der Zukunft.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • 12: Responsible consumption and production