01 July 2015
Berlin public transport authority Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) introduced their new fleet of e-buses to the public today. With the four Solaris Urbino 12 electric buses starting passenger service this summer, Berlin will be the first capital city to turn a complete bus line into an eco-friendly route using e-buses with the wireless PRIMOVE charging system and the compact PRIMOVE battery system.
At today’s event at the bus depot in Berlin, where the new e-buses will be based, guests had the chance go on a quiet and emission-free test ride with the new vehicles. The e-buses generate only as much noise as an average car and the fleet will save 260 tons CO2 per year – that equals the electrification of 250 cars in Berlin. Soon passengers between the stations Zoologischer Garten / Hertzallee and Südkreuz will be able to enjoy these advantages.
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.
The four e-buses will only be the start of a bigger e-bus fleet in Berlin, as Christian Gäbler, Secretary for Transport and Environment at the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment in Berlin stated at the event.
If you would like to learn more about the PRIMOVE Berlin e-bus project please visit our project page.
More information on the e-buses can be found in the official press release of all project partners.