Bombardier launches PrimoveCity for the next generation of zero emission, multi-modal, electric mobility

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Published March 21st, 2011 - 11:30 GMT
Bombardier Primovecity
Bombardier Primovecity

Bombardier today announced the launch of Bombardier PrimoveCity, its new e-mobility solution, together with the establishment of a new centre of competence to enable the next generation of electric mobility. PrimoveCity addresses the range and recharging constraints of electric vehicles and promises to reshape transportation by providing common technology for all forms of electric vehicles, including trams, buses, commercial vehicles, taxis and cars. The new centre of excellence is located at Bombardier’s engineering and manufacturing site in Mannheim, Germany, which will also have a state-of-the-art testing and development facility opening in September 2011. The new e-mobility centre of competence will support future partnerships, projects and opportunities in the fast moving electric mobility sector.

Having successfully demonstrated the Bombardier Primovecity technology with a Bombardier low floor tram in Augsburg, Germany, Bombardier is now further trialling the technology with a bus on a 125-meter stretch of road in Lommel, Belgium. The success of these first two initiatives encouraged Bombardier to launch the PrimoveCity program which will provide easy urban mobility for all types of electric vehicles. This summer tests will also begin with an automobile.

André Navarri, President, Bombardier Transportation, said: “The aim of the PrimoveCity program is to change the game in electric mobility by providing easy, unlimited emission-free mobility in cities for all types of electric vehicles. Trams, buses, cars and trucks will be able to operate electrically without catenaries, cables, stops, long waits for batteries to recharge and, most importantly, they will be able to share the same infrastructure.”

Jeremie Desjardins, head of the PrimoveCity program, Bombardier Transportation, stated: “We are proud to have reached this stage. After successfully concluding the initial tests for trams and buses, Bombardier will continue to test additional elements for cars aiming to make this technology available for commercial operation very soon. It is important to note that Bombardier’s objective is not to start manufacturing any type of non-rail vehicles but to offer the PRIMOVE technology to other industries also.”

Bombardier will present its groundbreaking PrimoveCity program at the UITP 2011 59th World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next April, 11-14.

Background Information


With over 68,000 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion US. The company is recognized on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World Index. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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