30 March 2015
Berlin will be the first capital city to turn a complete bus line into an eco-friendly route using e-buses with the inductive PRIMOVE charging system and the compact PRIMOVE battery system. Starting in summer 2015, passengers on the city centre bus line 204 will be able to enjoy a quiet and zero-emission ride through Berlin. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is supporting the project in the context of the "International Showcase Programme for E-mobility Berlin Brandenburg".
Bombardier’s innovative PRIMOVE system charges the Berlin buses' batteries at 200 kW in the very few minutes of dwell time spent at the end stations. This allows the e-buses to serve the 6.1 km long bus line back and forth – without additional stops or battery changing for an entire day.
Construction works at Berlin’s first inductive charging station have started in March 2015. Starting in April, additional PRIMOVE charging stations will be installed at the route’s second end stop as well as at BVG’s bus depot where the four e-buses will be based. The e-buses will be built this spring by the Polish manufacturer Solaris. The twelve meter long vehicles are nearly identical to the Urbino 12 electric bus equipped with PRIMOVE charging and batteries, which has been in successful passenger operations in Braunschweig, Germany, since March 2014.
Berlin’s new fleet of e-buses will save around 260 tons of CO2 per year. In order to achieve the same affect, around 250 private cars in Berlin, on the basis of normal driving behaviour, would have to be switched to electric mode.
More detailed information can be found in the press release: http://www.bombardier.com/en/media-centre/newsList/details.bombardier-transportation20150318ebusberlinabsommerfaehrtdielini.bombardiercom.html?