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Wireless charging for e-cars and buses is arriving

At TreeHugger we’ve reported with great interest on the schemes to have electric vehicles charge wirelessly via underground electricity induction, chronicling efforts to make e-car re-charging easy, and on-the-go (and also make range anxiety disappear!).

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Now the concept is really moving close to reality. In Mannheim, Germany they will begin to test wireless electric bus charging via induction within the next few months. And in fact, an ongoing wireless induction charging trial in Belgium consisting of a single Volvo e-car and a Van Hool bus (shown above) has been in progress since summer 2012.

The two e-buses in Mannheim’s upcoming trial are made in Switzerland and will run on existing city bus routes. They will recharge via ‘invisible’ inductive technology called Primove, installed below road surfaces.


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