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Virtual Assistant Helps Town Planners Transition into Electric Public Transport

14 September 2018

Source: MaplesoftSource: Maplesoft

Maplesoft has announced the release of Maplesim Fleet Forward, a new product that enables transit authorities to create a smarter fleet electrification strategy. Maplesim Fleet Forward provides municipalities with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions during their transition to electric buses.

By combining virtual prototyping techniques, electrification expertise and data about specific buses and bus routes, Maplesim Fleet Forward analyzes electric bus behavior under a variety of conditions. Because the simulation and analysis is done virtually, transit authorities are provided with insights into their specific electrification needs at a fraction of the cost of physical testing. Planners can make data-based decisions when developing their electrification strategies, and identify and address problems before they occur in the field.

Maplesim Fleet Forward provides answers to questions such as:

  • How will passenger loads, hills, weather or other variables impact the bus’s range?
  • Where is the best placement for charging stations to maintain service while minimizing infrastructure costs?
  • Will regulatory requirements and emission targets be met?
  • How will the costs compare to running diesel buses?

Maplesim Fleet Forward is the result of a strategic partnership between Maplesoft and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Together, they provide a comprehensive set of tools and services to help transit authorities determine the best electrification strategy for their city. Maplesoft provides the system-level modeling and simulation tools and expertise, while the NRC provides electrification expertise for vehicle design, integration and analysis.

For more information about Maplesim Fleet Forward, please click here.

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