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10 September 2013

World’s first high power inductive charging station for e-buses in operation

Bombardier Begins Operation of the First Inductive High Power Charging Station for PRIMOVE Electric Buses

  • Milestone for practical implementation of the PRIMOVE e-mobility solution
  • World’s first inductive charging pad for 200 kW in the public area
  • Wireless charging solution for electric trams, buses and cars breaks new ground in clean, flexible and convenient urban transport

Berlin, September 10, 2013 – At a world premiere in Braunschweig, Germany, Bombardier Transportation launched the first high power inductive charging station for PRIMOVE electric buses together with the local transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG. In the presence of Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, and Braunschweig’s Lord Mayor, Dr Gert Hoffmann, the PRIMOVE electric bus was charged in a real time demonstration via the world’s first inductive fast charging pad at Braunschweig main station.

From December this year, Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG in partnership with Bombardier will change the service on the inner-city circular bus line M19 over to clean electric operation. Passenger service will initially commence with a 12 metre long electric solo bus. Shortly afterwards, 18 metre articulated e-buses from the manufacturer Solaris will follow.This is a significant event as it marks the first time that electric buses will replace conventional buses.

The electric buses will each be equipped with the wireless PRIMOVE fast charging system and the new PRIMOVE high power batteries. Bombardier is at the forefront of innovation and the world’s first inductive charging system with an output of 200 kW will be used in Braunschweig to charge electric buses.

To ensure safe operation, Bombardier is working closely with TÜV SÜD, the organisation that audited the PRIMOVE wayside infrastructure and approved the PRIMOVE electric bus demonstrated today for passenger operation on public roads. The latter was already successfully tested in April over a four-week period during passenger service in Mannheim, Germany.

As the world’s leading rail technology provider, Bombardier has a clear vision of the cities of tomorrow. The company imagines cities where all vehicles are electric, where mass transit vehicles do not alter the landscape but seamlessly integrate to provide quiet and emission-free urban mobility. With the PRIMOVE portfolio, Bombardier is smoothing the transition of transport providers and vehicle manufacturers to electric mobility for all electric vehicles – from trams and buses to commercial vehicles and cars. The commissioning of the first PRIMOVE fast charging station for electric buses in Braunschweig impressively demonstrates that this vision is no longer just a dream but is becoming a reality.

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