On May 31st, 2012, Bombardier announced that Primove, an innovative contactless charging solution for urban vehicles, will be put to the test as part of an electric bus project in the city of Braunschweig, Germany.
Based on the principle of inductive power transfer, Primove allows electric vehicles to be recharged either in motion or at idle without requiring a plug and cord. Incidentally, a smaller on-board battery pack can be used.
''As a global leader in rail technology, we have a bright vision for the cities of tomorrow. We imagine cities where all vehicles are electric – where mass transit vehicles do not alter the landscape but seamlessly integrate to provide quiet and emission-free urban mobility,'' said André Navarri, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation.
Successful tests could one day lead to the system being applied to several types of vehicles including taxi cabs and delivery trucks.
The idea of a four-door coupe may be lost on some, but not on BMW. Somehow, they've managed to design a vehicle that's cavernous inside but feels small and nimble on the road. From long sweeping lines to tight, taut handling, the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe is just that: Grand.