WSW H2 buses

Reference project

Stadtwerke Wuppertal relies on the
Expertise from Fairfleet

H2 buses integrated into fleet management

Next stop “mobility turnaround” – what sounds simple on paper puts municipal utilities and transport providers under massive pressure to act. They have to invest in sustainable mobility concepts while adhering to tight financial constraints and high customer expectations. Fairfleet’s digital platform for fleet management makes a valuable contribution to achieving these goals, as the example of Wuppertal’s municipal utilities shows.

The challenge

In order to future-proof the operation of its own bus fleet and also comply with strict environmental regulations in the future, WSW aims to operate 150 buses with battery electric drive (BEV) or hydrogen drive (H2) by 2030. However, both types of drive place great demands on efficient fleet management, as they differ significantly from conventional combustion engines.

It was important to the WSW in this context,

  • a flexible and powerful platform
  • Uniform and centralized management of all data

to use. In this context, they have opted for Fairfleet.

The solution

Fairfleet’s digital platform uses Geotab’s hardware and software as a basis and supports various vehicle brands with different drive types. Since commissioning in February 2023, the data from 50 buses, including 20 H2 vehicles, can be recorded in a normalized manner. The solution takes into account that hydrogen buses travel up to 280 kilometers a day, depending on the route requirements. Their range is 400 kilometers, so there is plenty of buffer.

To enable seamless integration, Fair-fleet had to break new ground, as no system for telematically recording H2 buses was previously available on the market. A

  • Re-engineering the hydrogen buses
  • Hardware gateway that translates the data points into the J1939 CAN protocol so that the fleet management platform can process and interpret this data.

The Fairfleet analysis

How many emissions can be saved by using hydrogen buses? Thanks to the analysis function of the Fairfleet platform, WSW receives an exact comparison with the CO2 emissions of traditional diesel buses. By the end of 2023, for example, a total of over 535,000 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) had been avoided.

The WSW sustainability team also benefited from a real-time overview of the fuel levels of its diesel and hydrogen buses. In the future, information on charging processes, battery voltages and the power consumption of the battery-electric buses will also be monitored in real time.

The Fairfleet diagnosis

With the Fairfleet fleet management platform, WSW was also able to increase the reliability of the fleet and thus also customer satisfaction. The diagnostic function forwards maintenance data directly to the technicians in real time. For example, you can use engine fault codes to set priorities in order to rectify minor problems before they lead to a vehicle breakdown. In addition to the increased uptime, WSW also benefited from significantly lower maintenance costs.

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