One bi-directional Bombardier low-floor tram has been fitted with two Primove power receivers (pick-up coils) to capture the inductive power transferred from cable segments laid between the rails and beneath the ground. Inverters along the track wayside are connected to a 750vDC power supply network. Simulating regular operations in an urban environment, the pilot demonstration proved the system’s exceptional reliability under all environmental conditions as well as full compliance with all applicable codes and standards for electromagnetic compatibility.
Bombardier is supported by TÜV SÜD and other external assessors in this effort. Recently, the first automotive prototype has also been equipped with Primove technology to undergo a series of performance tests on the Augsburg track as well as at Bombardier’s new Centre of Excellence for electric mobility technology in Mannheim, Germany.
About the Primove project in Braunschweig
As of June 2012, Bombardier will cooperate with the city of Braunschweig and the local operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG to turn a section of the bus network into an eco-friendly electric route. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. The programme is scheduled to begin immediately with two buses operating with Primove technology on a 12-km route.
About additional Primove projects
Primove technology is being applied in various locations in Germany and beyond: From 2008 until 2009, a first prototype underwent extensive testing at the Bombardier site in Bautzen, Germany. A low-floor tram and a test track were equipped with the Primove components to test the system’s performance across a range of typical operating conditions. Since 2011, Bombardier, together with other leading industrial partners and universities, is participating in the Flanders' Drive research project for the inductive charging of electric vehicles in Belgium, which is co-funded by the Flemish government. A 125 m section of public road in the city of Lommel and a Van Hool bus have been equipped with PRIMOVE technology and both a bus and car are undergoing tests.
Recently, Bombardier opened its dedicated Centre of Excellence in Mannheim to support partnerships, projects and opportunities in the fast-moving e-mobility sector. The centre hosts a complete power test-lab set-up for all vehicle applications. Additionally, Bombardier has acquired several vehicles to conduct independent testing under real-life conditions. About Bombardier Transportation Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility.