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How E-Mobility is Revolutionising Public Transport

In the quest to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, governments across the globe are looking at ways of greening their public transport systems. The UK and Europe are contributing with a rapid adoption of electric vehicles (EV) and e-mobility technologies within their commuter transit services.

From electric-powered buses and taxis to hybrid ferries, plenty of e-mobility jobs growth is expected over the coming decade, tightening the talent market for engineers in a range of automotive and connected car specialisations.

A Boom in E-Mobility and EV Jobs

Behind the scenes of the e-mobility revolution lies a sophisticated array of technologies powering EVs. From cutting-edge battery technology to advanced propulsion systems, the development of e-mobility transport requires expertise across various disciplines.

Automotive engineers specialising in EV design play a crucial role in developing efficient and reliable e-mobility solutions. They leverage their expertise in vehicle dynamics, aerodynamics and materials science to create efficient vehicle designs, while placing safety at the forefront by conducting rigorous testing and validation to meet regulatory standards.

They work closely with battery engineers, who are tasked with optimising energy storage systems to maximise range and performance. Software engineers also play a critical role in creating intelligent algorithms to manage EV systems and enhance efficiency, while hardware engineers design electronic components, such as power electronics, control units and sensors. Mechanical engineers work on EV structural systems, particularly the chassis, body panels and thermal management systems.

There are a host of further important E-mobility jobs, from safety experts to those in manufacturing, production, logistics and supply chain, not to mention those tasked with sales and EV business development.

As the demand for EVs continues to rise, so will the prevalence of EV head-hunters looking for skilled e-mobility professionals to shape the future of transportation. It’s an excellent time if you’re searching for a new role in the field.

Key Benefits of Using EVs in Public Transport

The UK and European governments are adopting e-mobility solutions as the tangible benefits are clear – reducing emissions, improving air quality, and creating more resilient and efficient transportation systems.

Cleaner and Greener Communities

One of the most significant advantages of EVs in public transport is their contribution to reducing emissions and mitigating environmental impact. Traditional diesel and petrol-powered vehicles are notorious for their carbon footprint, choking the air quality of many of our cities – they also account for 22% of London’s total CO2 emissions.

In contrast, EVs produce zero tailpipe emissions, resulting in cleaner air, quieter streets and a healthier environment for the population. They can also increase passenger comfort by reducing cabin noise, fumes and vibrations.

Impressive Performance Tech

E-mobility vehicles often outperform their diesel and petrol counterparts in performance and efficiency. Electric motors deliver instantaneous torque, providing swift acceleration and a smoother driving and passenger experience compared to traditional internal combustion engines.

EV regenerative braking systems also capture kinetic energy during deceleration and convert it back into usable electrical energy. This technology not only improves efficiency but extends the vehicle range, making them well-suited for urban stop-and-go driving conditions.

Major Projects Spurring E-mobility Jobs Growth

Transport for London are trailblazers in the EV area, launching their first long-range red double-decker electric bus back in 2016. They’ve continued on this path, aiming to electrify their entire fleet, reducing noise pollution and improving air quality in some of the busiest urban areas. To date, they have around 1,300 zero-emission buses on the roads.

Stagecoach is another example. A big multinational public transport company, they’ve rolled out a fleet of 32 electric double decker buses in Manchester, reportedly saving 2,208 tonnes of CO2 each year compared to their existing fleet.

Ferries are also an important part of the UK and European public transit system. However, traditional diesel-powered ferries contribute to air, water and noise pollution, threatening both marine ecosystems and nearby communities.

A recent study found there’s plenty of potential in converting UK and European ferries to electric and hybrid forms, as well as investing in sustainable port and shore power. This analysis shows it could reduce CO₂ emissions in Italy, Greece, Germany and the UK by as much as 800,000 tonnes.

There’s plenty of work already happening in the e-ferry market, especially as it makes good business sense by reducing costs and travel time, and efficiencies. Fortune Business Insights forecasts the electric ships market will be valued at nearly $13 billion USD by 2030 – an almost 20% increase from 2023.

Europe is leading the way with a host of e-ferries in operation. The reigning king of the e-ferries has to be Norway with over 50 electric ferries, along with one of the world’s largest all-electric passenger and car ferries, the 600-passenger Bastø Electric. They’re also set to launch Hyke, a smart e-ferry that is partly solar-powered and wirelessly charges while docked.

Denmark has Ellen the e-ferry, sailing the world’s longest-range fully electric ferry route at 22 nautical miles. Then there is the 30-passenger electric Candela P-12 shuttle, which joined Stockholm's fleet of public transportation ferries in 2024 in a pilot test along major routes and is touted as the world’s fastest electric ship.

Apart from electric ferries, many other European nations are investing in various electric transport options –trucks in Germany, taxis in Spain, trains in Sweden and bicycles and scooters in the Netherlands.

Discover Opportunities with Our Team of EV Head-hunters

The electrification of public transport represents an exciting paradigm shift in urban mobility, offering a sustainable solution to reduce emissions, noise and air pollution. With advancements in e-mobility technology and the expertise of talented innovators, be it automotive or mechanical engineers or those working on the business side, the future of public transportation in the UK and Europe is undoubtedly electric.

If you’re interested in finding out what part you can play in this revolution, whether you want to connect with top-tier talent to fill your open E-mobility jobs, or seeking an exciting new career opportunity, please get in touch with our EV jobs and headhunting specialists here at Fields & Rudd