18 March 2015
The transport authority in Braunschweig, Germany, gives the city’s pupils a special treat by using the famous PRIMOVE equipped 12 m electric bus as school bus. This bus is part of Braunschweig’s innovative e-mobility project "emil" (electric mobility by means of inductive charging).
The so-called “little emil” was previously used to serve the electric inner-city line M19 which, thanks to PRIMOVE, was the world's first inductive fast charging system with 200 kW in passenger operation in March 2014. Due to popular demand the 12 m long electric solo bus was soon complemented by four additional 18 m articulated e-buses. Hence the bus can now additionally be used on the city’s daily school routes – very much to the delight of the children who were surprised by “little emil” replacing their conventional diesel school bus.
In Braunschweig, the brightly coloured “emil” buses are especially well-known and popular. The city’s population really appreciates the fact that, thanks to the innovative PRIMOVE battery system and PRIMOVE wireless charging system, they provide zero-emission public transport while at the same time being quieter and causing less vibration than conventional buses.
Once fully charged the 12 m e-bus has enough energy to serve the individual routes and just needs a short stop of only a few minutes at the charging station at the central terminal before it can set off for another tour – to brighten up the day of another group of students. The bus’ routes change daily, in order to allow as many pupils in Braunschweig as possible to join the electric ride.
More about the PRIMOVE equipped school buses in Braunschweig can be found here (in German): http://www.verkehr-bs.de/aktuelles/aktuelles-detailansicht/article/emil-faehrt-zur-schule.html
For general information on the Braunschweig e-bus project please use the following link: http://www.verkehr-bs.de/unternehmen/forschungsprojekt-emil.html