Wirelessly charged e-buses pass 500,000km mark
Bombardier reports that its Primove-equipped electric buses have reached a combined total of 500,000km of service. The buses are in operation on routes in the German cities of Berlin, Braunschweig and Mannheim as well as in Bruges, Belgium and Södertälje, Sweden. The wirelessly-charged vehicles have saved a total of 527tonnes of CO2 emissions, according to Bombardier.
“We are proud of our achievement which shows that our Primove e-mobility technology has made our ambition of delivering zero-emission, in day-to-day public transport a reality,” says Jérémie Desjardins, business leader, Primove.
Martin in der Beek, CEO, at operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH in Mannheim, adds: “The Primove e-buses have exceeded our expectations. They are popular with both passengers and drivers and perfectly match our idea of sustainable and convenient mobility for the future.”
Primove is an integrated system for rail and road vehicles that allows cities and transport operators to easily incorporate electric mobility into their vehicles. The package includes the inductive Primove fast-charging system, a lightweight, long-life battery and the electric motor.
“The technology makes sustainable mobility a reality by reducing local emissions to zero,” adds Desjardins. “Put into context, the city of Berlin would have to electrify 619 personal automobiles to match the savings made by the Primove e-bus fleet – amounting to over 42 per cent of the electric cars in the German capital as of January 2016.”
Today, 15 buses from four different manufacturers, as well as 18 charging stations have already been equipped with the Primove charging system. More than 90,000 charging cycles have been conducted since the first e-bus started service in Braunschweig, with availability rate of 97.7 per cent, according to Bombardier.