IPT® Charge makes e-buses in Madrid suitable for everyday use
On bus route 76 in Madrid the first inductively charged all-electric buses are in service
Madrid is starting to combat air pollution: Not only are e-buses more comfortable for the passengers, but they are also locally emission-free. With e-buses, the city sets a good example and demonstrates how to make e-mobility suitable for everyday use thanks to IPT inductive charging.
Since 2017 electric buses have been in operation on the bus route 76. They replaced gas hybrid buses which had been previously used on the line. Of course, here too, the question arises about the range for a purely electric drive. To be able to last through their daily operational time from 6:00 to 24:00, they are equipped with inductive technology. They actively use the principle of opportunity charging: At both termini, the batteries of the buses are charged wirelessly for a few minutes within the given scheduled time buffer. Thus much smaller and cheaper batteries can be used to achieve the desired range. This also optimizes the use of the batteries and the smaller batteries allow more space and payload. The process of inductive charging starts automatically as soon as the bus stops over the charging station. The charging technology is inconspicuously embedded in the road and leaves the cityscape intact so not to cut the blue sky of Madrid.
Line 76 connects Plaza Beata in the southern city center with Villaverde with busses running every 9-15 minutes. Every year, the converted buses will travel 54,000 km, avoiding significant CO2 and NOx emissions thanks to the electric drive, and reducing the cost of fuel through the efficiency of the drive train. Not only has the use of the buses a positive environmental effect, but it also reflects in lower costs.