09 February 2016
In the German city of Ludwigsburg authorities are thinking about the mobility of the future. Despite public transport in the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg working quite well it is never too early to think about further improvements. Especially with the city continuously growing and e-mobility getting more and more important due to ambitious climate objectives. That is why a delegation of representatives of the city as well as the local public transport authority went on a one-hour drive to the City of Mannheim on February 9, 2016.
Mannheim is the home of the e-mobility Competence Center of Bombardier, where the mobility experts got the chance to learn everything about the PRIMOVE e-mobility portfolio, consisting of wireless charging, compact battery and efficient propulsion systems for electric rail and road vehicles. Especially the Mannheim e-bus project with all three components being tested on an inner-city bus route was of interest for the visitors. For this project a complete bus line is transferred into an electric route, inductively charged and powered by the PRIMOVE technology.
At the Bombardier’s site, the first mayor of the City of Mannheim was also present, answering questions related to the City’s experience with this innovative technology. He also emphasized how important the involvement of the population as well as a transparent implementation and a continuous dialogue were during all phases of the innovation project.
During the following visit at Mannheim’s public transport authority Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH visitors got the chance to hear about the operator’s experiences with the inductively charged e-buses.
The visit ended with a tour on one of the e-buses on the inner-city line 63, allowing the experts to experience PRIMOVE in action – with an unanimous verdict: The whole delegation was very impressed by the current status of the induction technology and is going to include their new insights into the future plans for mobility in the City of Ludwigsburg. We can’t wait to see how mobility in Ludwigsburg will evolve.