Roads were warned of rapid electrification – and the number of electric buses doubled anyway

Roads were warned of rapid electrification – and the number of electric buses doubled anyway

“Very big changes can quickly lead to disruption,” Rutter’s consultants wrote. However, Rutter bought hundreds of electric buses – creating chaos as a result. Now they will not answer questions about the case.

Buses that are stuck. Buses that slide. Buses that are out of power. Buses that never come. The wheels of Oslo buses have not been moving properly in recent weeks. Here, a bus stuck in a fence in Bjorndal on January 1.

Snow and cold in recent weeks have caused major problems for bus passengers in Oslo. The reason is that the electric buses used in the capital cannot face winter weather.

Thousands of departures were cancelled, leaving passengers left in the snow and cold at stops across the city.

Now it has emerged that Rutter, who has overall responsibility for public transport in the Oslo region, had been forewarned.

Technical Weekly (TU) He was given access to a report warning of too rapid technological change in public transport.

“Changes that are too big, too quickly, can lead to major disruptions,” Roland Berger Strategic Consulting wrote in a risk assessment conducted on Rotter’s behalf in 2015. the site.

Instead, consultants encouraged Rotter to introduce new technology gradually to reduce the risk of problems.

However, Rutter went for it Widespread electrification From the bus stop in Oslo. From 2022 to the end of 2023, the number of electric buses in Oslo increased from 185 to 368.

Oslo's electric buses break down when it snows and run out of electricity when it's cold.  Here from the Old City on January 17th.

Oslo's electric buses break down when it snows and run out of electricity when it's cold. Here from the Old City on January 17th.

Tu They asked Rutter to answer how they related to the warning issued by the consultants they hired.

But the public company does not answer this question. They also refused to be interviewed about the issue, TU wrote.

Rotter's press liaison wrote in an email to Aftenposten that they used risk assessments in their work.

“Based on this, we planned to roll out the electric buses gradually, in order to provide learning for operators, subcontractors and Ruter. We had a two-year pilot program, and carefully phased in the change orders on existing contracts,” wrote communications consultant Øystein Dahl Johansen.

Regarding Aftenposten, Rutter had previously transferred responsibility for cold and range-related issues to subcontractors.

They have developed snow accessibility issues with plowing crews.

Problems with public transportation in the Oslo area led to Rutter receiving thousands of refund claims.

Real-time information about router settings:

Find the desired line number and line direction on the left.

On the far right you see the number of flights that have been cancelled. The overview does not show partial cancellations. more information In ruter here.

Figures are sourced from real-time Ruter data and may contain errors.

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