Bombardier unveils contactless power system

Posted on May 31, 2012

Bombardier Transportation presented a new application of its Primove system, which has been installed in a pilot demonstration area of the Augsburg tram network in Germany. The system transfers power contactlessly without the use of any overhead wires. In addition, Bombardier revealed testing of the Primove solution on a passenger van, using the same technology.

Additionally, the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development announced funding for an electric bus project in the city of Braunschweig, Germany, where Bombardier will apply its emission-free Primove solution in partnership with the local transport operator Braunschweiger Verkehrs-AG. This initiative represents Bombardier’s first Primove bus project for passenger operation and marks a significant leap forward in bringing clean e-mobility solutions to urban areas.

Based on the principle of inductive power transfer, Bombardier’s Primove technology allows electric vehicles to be recharged either in motion (dynamic charging) or at rest (static charging) without affecting driving habits or journey times. The system transfers energy at very high levels of efficiency without compromising on performance and can significantly reduce energy consumption when combined with an onboard energy storage solution. By eliminating the overhead cables and other wires previously needed to power electric vehicles, public transit networks can now blend in effortlessly with their surroundings. City landmarks, parks and heritage sites are left intact and the overall attractiveness of the city is thereby enhanced.

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