Södertälje, Sweden will be the latest city to operate an electric-hybrid bus equipped with Bombardier’s PRIMOVE wireless power transfer. The first of its kind in Scandinavia, it is the result of a Scania-led project group that has been exploring alternative mobility solutions in an effort to make sustainable and eco-friendly mobility a reality in the Swedish city. After entering service today, this new Scania-built, inductively-charged bus will immediately begin reducing emissions on Södertälje’s 755 bus route.
“With Scania and Vattenfall we have found two partners dedicated to developing sustainable mobility with innovative technology”, says Jérémie Desjardins, Business Leader, PRIMOVE. “Together, we are looking forward to reducing public transport emmissions in the most convenient way by bringing wireless charging to the Swedish transportation market.”
To facilitate the new bus, the last stop Södertälje’s route 755 has been converted into a charging station that will enable the vehicle to quickly recharge its batteries conveniently each time it stops there. With up to 200 kW of power, in just six to seven minutes the charging station can supply enough energy to serve the entire 10km-long route. The station is owned and operated by Swedish energy supplier Vattenfall while a second charging station has been installed at the Scania technical center in Södertälje.
Södertälje, Sweden joins the list of cities to have adopted the innovative and invisible PRIMOVE charging technology. Inductively-charged buses are now operating in the German cities of Berlin, Braunschweig and Mannheim, as well as in Bruges, Belgium. Combined, the wirelessly charged vehicles have covered more than 450,000 km since the first PRIMOVE e-bus entered passenger service in Braunschweig, Germany, in March 2014, being very-well-accepted by passengers and drivers alike.
Furthermore, in the booming metropolis of Nanjing, China, trams have been running with the lightweight and long-life PRIMOVE batteries for more than two years. Since March 2015, PRIMOVE has collaborated with automobile manufacturers for the serial development of the PRIMOVE inductive charging solution for use in e-cars.