In Braunschweig, Germany, we completed our first PRIMOVE e-bus project for passenger operation, transforming a 12-kilometre section of the city’s bus network into an eco-friendly electric route served by 12-metre and 18-metre PRIMOVE equipped e-buses.
The circular bus line M19 is the first regular route in Germany to be served by electric buses that are charged inductively. With 26 stops on a 12-kilometre route and an average speed of 18 km/h, the line is perfect for confirming the viability of high power inductive opportunity charging for city bus lines.
Passenger service has started with a 12-metre e-bus in March 2014, followed shortly by 18-metre articulated e-buses in December 2014 built by Solaris. This presents a world premiere since it is the first time that 18-metre electric buses have replaced conventional buses. The new e-buses are equipped with the invisible PRIMOVE wireless charging and high power PRIMOVE battery systems.
Under the name “EMIL” (Elektromobilität mittels induktiver Ladung), we are conducting the project in close collaboration with public transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs GmbH, local energy company BS | Energy and the Technical University of Braunschweig. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.