Bombardier launches PrimoveCity for the next generation of zero emission electric mobility

Posted: 17 March 2011 | Bombardier | No comments yet

Bombardier today announced the launch of BOMBARDIER PrimoveCity, its new e-mobility solution, together with the establishment of a new centre of competence to enable the next generation of electric mobility.

PrimoveCity addresses the range and recharging constraints of electric vehicles and promises to reshape transportation by providing common technology for all forms of electric vehicles, including trams, buses, commercial vehicles, taxis and cars. The new centre of excellence is located at Bombardier’s engineering and manufacturing site in Mannheim, Germany, which will also have a state-of-the-art testing and development facility opening in September 2011. The new e-mobility centre of competence will support future partnerships, projects and opportunities in the fast moving electric mobility sector.

Having successfully demonstrated the BOMBARDIER PRIMOVE technology with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, Bombardier is now further trialling the technology with a bus on a 125-meter stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium. The success of these first two initiatives encouraged Bombardier to launch the PrimoveCity program which will provide easy urban mobility for all types of electric vehicles. This summer tests will also begin with an automobile.

Andre Navarri, President, Bombardier Transportation, said: “The aim of the PrimoveCity program is to change the game in electric mobility by providing easy, unlimited emission-free mobility in cities for all types of electric vehicles. Trams, buses, cars and trucks will be able to operate electrically without catenaries, cables, stops, long waits for batteries to recharge and, most importantly, they will be able to share the same infrastructure.”

Jeremie Desjardins, head of the PrimoveCity program, Bombardier Transportation, stated: “We are proud to have reached this stage. After successfully concluding the initial tests for trams and buses, Bombardier will continue to test additional elements for cars aiming to make this technology available for commercial operation very soon. It is important to note that Bombardier’s objective is not to start manufacturing any type of non-rail vehicles but to offer the PRIMOVE technology to other industries also.”

Bombardier will present its groundbreaking PrimoveCity program at the UITP 2011 59th World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next April, 11-14.

About PrimoveCity and PRIMOVE

Bombardier’s PrimoveCity solution is changing the game in electric mobility, it aims to be the major enabler in achieving truly sustainable urban mobility. No other e-mobility solution provides comparable benefits of dynamic charging, power, flexibility, safety and intermodality.

PrimoveCity utilizes the PRIMOVE technology capable of providing power transfer for all electric vehicles. Using inductive energy transfer, PRIMOVE equipment mounted under the vehicle generates power from cables creating a magnetic field placed under the ground’s surface. The system only energizes when it is fully covered by the vehicle. Vehicle and wayside components are designed to meet all applicable safety standards. Reliable performance is ensured, even under adverse weather and ground conditions such as snow, rain, ice, sand or water.

PRIMOVE contactless system is one of the highlights of the innovative BOMBARDIER ECO4 portfolio of products and technologies, which offer energy and cost-efficient solutions for total train performance.

About the project in Lommel, Belgium

Bombardier Transportation, together with other leading industrial partners and universities, participates in the Flanders’ DRIVE project ‘Inductive Charging for Electric Vehicles’, which is financially supported by the Flemish government.

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