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Bombardier to test electric buses that charge wirelessly

Discussion in 'Electric Vehicles' started by Martini, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. Martini

    Martini Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    Paris, France, France
    #1 Martini, Feb 19, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013

    Bombardier's electric transit technology will be tested next winter on buses in Montreal, followed in early 2014 on a route in the German city of Mannheim.
    The transportation giant's Primove technology is designed to allow buses to be charged by underground induction stations when they stop to let passengers hop on and off.
    Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) will test the technology in Canada's harsh winter conditions at a special track on Ile-Ste-Helene, the home of Expo 67, in partnership with Hydro-Quebec and an undisclosed bus manufacturer.
    German bus riders, however, will get a first hand-on opportunity to see the electric buses in action during a 12-month trial beginning in the second quarter of 2014.
    Regional operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH (RNV) will test the new technology along one of its inner city routes.
    Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport will fund the 3.3-million-euro ($4.4-million) project.

    Charging en route

    Two buses outfitted with special batteries will get charged by underground induction energy transfer stations each time they stop along the route.
    Bombardier spokesman Marc Laforge said the technology could be attractive for governments looking to electrifying transit systems without installing overhead wires.
    He said the Primove technology, in development for about five years, needs to be tested before it is sold commercially to transit systems.
    Bombardier is the world's largest manufacturer of railway systems. Primove could also be used on its tramway and light rail units, and theoretically for cars.


    We typically think of in-road charging as running all along a highway, but induction pads at traffic lights could be radically more cost-effective in cities. Could imagine this also in parking lots at highway rest stops.
  2. dpeilow

    dpeilow Moderator

    May 23, 2008
    Winchester, UK
    This is nothing new. Buses have been doing this in Turin and Verona using 120kW inductive charging for 10 years.

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