Ilya Fridman

Ilya Fridman Lecturer, Monash University
Art, Design and Architecture (PhD) 2015

My project was about the design of electric buses for Australia. The aim was not simply to retrofit new fuel technology to old designs, but to work from the ground up to design a bus that utilised electric drive in a way that is sensitive to the Australian context.

Design-led experiments produced three contributions to BEV route bus knowledge, concluding that: purpose-designed BEV route buses may achieve enhancements in passenger accommodation, vehicle design and operation; large on-board battery packs significantly influence vehicle design and must be integrated with consideration for passenger accommodation and mass distribution, and operational strategies may mitigate energy storage effects to achieve enhancements in vehicle design and passenger accommodation.