Berlin is the first capital city to turn a complete bus line into an eco-friendly route using e-buses with the wireless BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE charging system and the compact PRIMOVE battery system.
Since summer 2015, passengers on the city centre bus line 204 are 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. A third charging station for overnight charging is installed at the bus depot of the local operator Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG).