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Cover Story: Issue Issue 23 22 Aug 2011

Fuel from the road - a new way of powering trams, buses, (and cars too)

An exciting new approach to providing energy to vehicles operating in urban areas is the use of inductive electrical power transfer. Bombardier’s Primove Project has been leading the way. Peter Stonham looks at progress so far.

Peter Stonham

The concept of vehicles drawing their energy supply from electric power as they move is not new. Trains, trams and trolley buses have done it for decades. But for road vehicles to be able to pick up their fuel without a physical connection would be a radical step. It is one which Bombardier believe is possible by inductive power transfer.

With thinking initially developed to give trams and buses a wire-free energy source, the concept is now being promoted as a potential energy source for all...

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