Bombardier Transportation

Germany: World's First Electric Bus with Bombardier's Primove System Begins Revenue Service

Transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG's first electric bus equipped with Bombardier Primove technology began revenue service March 27 in Germany.

In the presence of senior federal and state representatives, the Primove electric bus completed its first regular passenger service in the city. This marks another important milestone for the practical application of the Primove system.

The passenger service has started with a 12 meter long electric solo bus operating on the central circular line M19. From October, four additional 18 m articulated e-buses will be phased in. It will be the first time that eco-friendly 18 m electric buses have replaced conventional buses in regular passenger operation.

Each bus is equipped with the wireless Primove fast-charging system and the new Primove batteries. In Braunschweig, the world's first inductive charging system is coming into use. With an output of 200 kW, it charges electric buses in just a few seconds, enabling them to cover the distance to the next charging station with ease.

In recent weeks, the 12 m e-bus already approved by TUV SUD underwent final system and load tests, enabling the TUV approval of the entire Primove system in Braunschweig in time for the start of passenger operation. These included 280 recorded charging cycles, almost 3,000 km travelled electrically and various tests for electrical safety and electromagnetic emission.

The Primove high power charging pads embedded in concrete are installed under the road surface at the main station and at selected stops. The primary electrical installation is also underground at the bus stops. The cooling units for those wayside power electronics have been integrated into an advertising pillar and the shelter at the bus stop.