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 IPTMadrid 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.

IPT® Biggest e-bus fleet with inductive charging technology in operation for many years to come

The operation of the bus lines Star 1 and 2 with and thanks to IPT® Charge – a unique experience

IPT Charge Turin Busse induktivSince the rollout (2002/2003), the electric buses in Turin have been the largest electric bus fleet in Europe for many years. The vehicles and their wireless charging technology are so successful and easy to use that the Turin public transport company (GTT) is planning on their deployment for many years to come. 200 km per day and bus have accumulated over the years to a unique experience.

The buses, which were originally equipped with lead batteries (63 kWh), were able to achieve the required power requirements only by means of inductive opportunity charging. Charging stations were set up at each end of the bus lines. The regular waiting times according to the timetables are used to load the buses for a few minutes for the next route. Thus the range of the buses can be multiplied.

The technology of cable-free charging solutions is literally a "hidden champion": built in such a way that one can only recognize its presence on the second or third glance, it allows a bus operation that is clean, quiet, efficient and absolutely competitive to diesel buses. Arguments that have convinced in Turin.

IPT® Charge for London’s red double-deckers on route 69

Video image LondonSince 2015 hybrid-electric double-deckers serve bus route 69, in order to improve London’s air quality. With the help of IPT® Charge these buses can run for more than 80 % of their 20 hour day in all-electric mode. Geo-fencing capabilities allow the automatic switching to all-electric mode. Seven days a week the buses cross London from Canning Town Bus Station to Walthamstow Central Bus Station. The installation was realised within the ZeEUS project. Learn more about London’s route 69 here in the video!

New IPT® Charge catalogue online

IPT Charge CatalogueCompetitive, clean and efficient – this is future public transport. The scenario is already realistic today with IPT® Charge. Learn more about how IPT Charge works, how it benefits public transportation and how and where to use it – in our new catalogue!

The History of Future

IPT Charge Film History-of-FutureInductive power transfer for electric buses and other e-vehicles is new? Far from it! As early as in the last century electric vehicles have been successfully charged with IPT® Charge and installations are still in operation today. See the long history of a sustainable and viable technology which makes e-buses competitive already today – click here.