12m Solaris battery-electric bus with the PRIMOVE inductive charging system from Bombardier

12m Solaris battery-electric bus with the PRIMOVE inductive charging system from Bombardier

In 2015, BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe) in Berlin will test Solaris all-electric buses equipped with PRIMOVE inductive charging system from Bombardier.

In total, four 12-meter buses will operate on the 6.1-kilometer (3.8-mile) route between Zoologischer Garten (Hertzallee) and Station Suedkreuz Station.

Just like in Brunswick, wireless charging will have up to 200 kW of power to quickly replenish range at the endpoints of the line. To provide such high power, an undercarriage pantograph-like mechanism is needed to reduce the distance to the in-ground charging pad.

We don't know the price of those buses, but there is strong federal support for these projects in Germany:

"BVG is receiving federal funding totaling nearly €2.3 million (US$2.9 million), while some €1.3 million (US$1.6 million) in funding is going to the TU Berlin. The funded project will run until summer 2016; BVG is planing for a longer use for the e-buses."

Source: Technische Universität Berlin via Green Car Congress

Here is more information on Bombardier PRIMOVE wireless charging: