WSP’s global team of experts are helping the adoption of zero emission vehicles in public and private fleets across the globe.

Cities around the world are being hit with record levels of smog and congestion from fossil fuel-based transportation modes. 

WSP’s team of experts are helping the adoption of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in public and private transit battery electric bus (BEB) fleets across the globe. Our experts use innovative technology and design solutions to make the complex problem of reducing fleet emissions into an achievable decarbonisation strategy.

WSP is working with policy makers, fleet operators, and various levels of government to achieve carbon-free mobility through the adoption of zero emission vehicles and bus fleets. We specialize in solving complex problems such as reducing a city’s or region’s air pollution through the adoption of emerging electric propulsion technology. Our areas of practice include:

Zero Emission Vehicles

  • Zero Emission Vehicle Policy and Planning
  • Charging Infrastructure Design and Policy
  • Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Market Scan
  • Vehicle Lifecycle Cost
  • Benefit/Cost Analyses
  • Fleet Acquisition
  • Facilities Master Planning and Design
  • Charging Alternatives Strategies (including Microgrid Feasibility Analyses)
  • Grid Impact and Utility Strategy

 Battery Electric Buses

  • BEB Market Scan
  • Charging Analysis (end point and on route)
  • Electric Route Simulation
  • Electric vs. Diesel vs. CNG (total cost of ownership)
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Bus Maintenance Facility Design - Electric Vehicles
  • Standard Operating Procedures - Electric Vehicles
  • Operations and Maintenance Analysis
  • Training and GAP Analysis
  • Vehicle Technical Specification – Electric
  • BEB Pilot Monitoring and Development
  • BEB Feasibility Studies and Strategy
  • Social Equity (Title VI) Impacts Analysis
  • Change Management Strategy

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Transitioning to Zero Emission Technology

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Battery Optimization Lifecycle Tool

WSP has developed a proprietary simulation Battery Optimization Lifecycle Tool (BOLT) for the analysis of heavy-duty fleet electrification and optimization to help public and private transit fleet operators determine quickly and easily which routes are best suited for conversion to electric buses.

BOLT can simulate a transit agency’s entire route system and create a system network Electrifiable Index (EI) that identifies the routes/scheduled blocks that can be electrified today; key potential routes for near-term conversion; and a recommended path to guide long-term transition to a zero emission fleet.

BOLT’s extensive database enables rapid, efficient and effective analyses of numerous electrification scenarios, considering all the critical factors needed to simulate BEB vehicle range, determine energy consumption, and evaluate performance and lifecycle operating cost.

Users can create and compare multiple scenarios in a matter of minutes through the tool’s business intelligence dashboard.

WSP Involvement Across the World

Our EV experts are active on all continents to help in the establishment of transportation programs that will have long-lasting results.

In Canada, WSP is currently conducting electric bus feasibility studies for Winnipeg Transit and Calgary Transit, and has worked with Halifax Transit.

In the US, WSP provided electric vehicle charging infrastructure design for IndyGO (Indianapolis, Indiana) and conducted a comprehensive feasibility study for King County Metro Transit (Seattle, Washington), which has the largest fleet order of electric buses in the US today. The feasibility study WSP provided Massport determined actual route conditions at Boston Logan International Airport for a prototype induction powered bus.

WSP is also leading the team that is developing a Zero Emission Bus Master Plan for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), which includes modification of 13 bus divisions, procurement of 2,300-plus heavy-duty transit buses and deployment on 170 routes throughout the Metro’s massive service area, with a goal for completion by 2030.

Deliverables include a framework for vehicle procurement and facilities master planning, and contract specifications and strategic consulting. Metro is the second-largest public transit agency in the US, with this mandate the nation’s largest, most ambitious zero emission fleet plan to date.

WSP has also worked on electric bus projects in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

In South America, WSP is working with Lima, Peru government representatives and global NGOs on a project to introduce electrified urban public transit via battery electric buses (BEBs). WSP is involved in the feasibility study, pilot and monitoring project phases.

In the UK, WSP has helped develop policy around London’s private electric vehicle adoption and charging infrastructure. WSP also conducted multiple feasibility studies in Sweden for the adoption of electric buses.