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WAVE Announces Wireless Charging at Walnut Creek BART Station | Wireless Charging for Gillig Buses in Bay Area with Contra Costa County Transit Agency
SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – November 23, 2016 – Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) announces its state-of-the-art Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology is now providing in-route charging for electric-powered buses at the Bay Area’s Walnut Creek BART station, along with Gillig, a new OEM partner, and Contra Costa County Transit Agency. The WAVE system uses a charging pad that lies flush with the pavement, is sturdy enough to be run over all day without damage, and wirelessly charges the bus during routine stops. In-route charging means less batteries, reduced vehicle weight, higher passenger capacity and extended vehicle range.
The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), which serves 450,000 residents in the metro Los Angeles region, aims to become the first 100% electric public transit fleet in the country. It plans to take delivery of 85 BYD electric buses over the next five years.
Written by Charles Morris – June 16, 2016 for Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine
Wireless charging technology is almost ready for the big stage. Qualcomm has demonstrated its Halo system in various vehicles, including the Drayson B12/69 electric race car. Evatran’s Plugless aftermarket system is now commercially available for the Volt and the LEAF, and a Model S-compatible version is coming soon. Several major automakers have indicated that they’re working on offering wireless charging for future EVs.
Written by Charles Morris – April 26, 2016 for Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine
Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has completed a project with The City of McAllen’s Transit Department, Metro McAllen (McAllen), to install WAVE technology on two buses that include an all-electric, Zero-Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) provided by Complete Coach Works (CCW).
MST is the first agency in California to use wireless power transfer technology that is installed under the roadway, transmitting electricity via magnetic waves to the vehicle. Sedoryk said it has taken four year, a big federal grant, and a lot of hard work to bring the one of a kind trolley to the Central Coast. The project was funded in part by a $1.67 million federal Clean Fuels grant, with an in-kind match from the state of California.
Written on June 8, 2015 by KSBW
WAVE is building electric buses that carry small batteries, allowing the bus to actually have room for passengers. Battery requirements for electric buses are so dramatic that electric buses are traditionally connected to overhead electricity and often run diesel engines when disconnected from power. To enable a bus to run on electricity all day the bus couldn’t carry passengers, it would only have room for carrying batteries–and it would be so expensive as to be a nonstarter. WAVE has found another way.
Written on December 3, 2014 by Forbes
SALT LAKE CITY — New buses at the University of Utah are packing a high-tech improvement that allows the electrical vehicles to gain a charge through plates embedded in the road, which allows for smaller, lighter batteries and greater vehicle range.
Written on October 29, 2014 by Fox 13
WAVE’s magnetic induction technology allows for wireless charging at bus stops, meaning this bus can make use of smaller, lighter and less expensive batteries than other electric buses around the country. The charging process is similar to how electric toothbrushes charge or the way an induction oven functions. Essentially, current is directed through a wire coil to create a magnetic field, which bridges the gap through air to excite electrons in another coil plate, which then converts the energy back into electricity and charges the battery.
Written on October 29, 2014 by Sustainable Utah
When it comes to the challenge of operating all-electric transit buses, keeping the bus powered to run the route is typically met with a plug-in charge, undercarriage connection or overhead catenary. The bus often charges at a strategic bus stop, such as end of route, where they need to accommodate the additional time to connect to the power source and charge.
Written on August 16, 2014 by Mass Transit Magazine
OGDEN — As Ogden City continues to ponder future transit connections to Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital, a new possibility for shuttling commuters has emerged that is mostly independent from the Utah Transit Authority. The city council received a presentation Tuesday night from WAVE Technologies, a Utah State University technology spin-out company that makes clean, energy efficient buses while tackling the problem of heavy and expensive vehicle batteries that usually come hand in hand with vehicles that run on electricity.
Written on December 11, 2013 by Standard-Examiner
“There is a primary charge plate, embedded in the roadway and a secondary charge plant, a mirror image of the primary charge plate, that is attached to the underside of the vehicle. When those two charge plates are aligned, that’s when the wireless communication sends a signal for the primary plate to charge the secondary plate and that is what initiates the wireless charge across the air gap into the bus.”
Written on November 21, 2013 by Cache Valley Daily
SALT LAKE CITY — Many public transit riders see the system as providing a solution to air quality and emissions by reducing the number of cars on the road. What if there was a better solution, one that even further cuts emissions? Could new technology change the face of transportation?
Written on November 11, 2013 by KSL
“I think we’re on the verge of seeing much larger adoption,” says Michael Masquelier, chief executive at WAVE, which develops the charging system. “We have somewhere between 10 and 20 additional opportunities in cities in the U.S. that we’re working on to deploy. There’s a tremendous amount of interest.”
Written on September 6, 2013 by The Atlantic City Lab
Last November, Utah State University in partnership with WAVE™, a U.S. based technology spin off, showcased the first electric bus with Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology in North America. Three months later, Bombardier Transport announced a partnership with the German City of Mannheim and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for the 2014 rollout of this technology within the public transit system.
Written on April 8, 2013 by Carbon Talks
When we contemplate the future of transportation we think of bullet trains, electric autonomous cars, sub-orbital planes and the like. We even wonder—still—when the flying car will land in reality. But we don’t think much about the infrastructure on which those vehicles depend. Some very enterprising and creative engineers do, however. Here are two ideas for re-inventing the road that I think could, literally, change everything about future transportation, if we care to be as bold as our ancestors in the 1930s.
Written on March 12, 2013 by Fast Company
Utah Governor Gary Herbert and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch have awarded the energy technology innovation of the year award to Utah State University’s wireless power transfer team for their wirelessly-charged Aggie Bus. The Aggie Bus is charged using a pad mounted underneath the vehicle. When the bus stops to load and unload passengers, another pad at the stop location transfers energy to the bus. This constant wireless recharging of the battery keeps the bus on route all day.
Written on January 23, 2013 by Utah Public Radio
Designed by USU’s Wireless Power Transfer team and the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative’s Advanced Transportation Institute, the prototype Aggie Bus is already on the road. It uses the same wireless charging principle as an electric toothbrush or a wireless smartphone charger, except optimized for a massive public-transit vehicle.
Written on December 3, 2012 by Wired
Utah State University presented a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology in a demonstration Nov. 15. The Aggie Bus rolled onto the streets carrying passengers just 16 months after USU demonstrated the first high-power, high-efficiency wireless power transfer system capable of transferring enough energy to quickly charge an electric vehicle. In July 2011, the USU Research Foundation demonstrated 90 percent electrical transfer efficiency of five kilowatts over an air gap of 10 inches. The demonstration validated that electric vehicles can efficiently be charged with wireless technology.
Written on November 15, 2012 by Utah State University
The University of Utah has placed an order for a 40-foot, all-electric transit bus with BYD Company Limited (BYD), which will be the first shuttle to be allowed to run across the heart of campus. The bus will be retrofitted with a WAVE wireless charging pad under the bus, developed by the Utah State University Energy Dynamics Laboratory, a provider of wireless power transfer for vehicles. This technology will allow the BYD electric buses to pull up over an embedded charger in the asphalt with a maximum of 10 inches clearance and “opportunity charge” the waiting bus with no moving parts or unsightly wires required. The embedded charge pads measure about three feet square and pose no danger to the public, according to BYD.
Written on July 3, 2012 by GreenFleet
If batteries did not weigh or cost so much, most drivers might be wheeling electric vehicles by now. A new Utah State University technology could overcome this barrier to electrically powered transport. How? By transferring power through the air, from charging pads embedded in a road to a vehicle’s undercarriage 10 inches above, minimizing the need for on-board power storage. This fall a USU start-up company will test the economic viability of such as wireless power transfer, or WPT, in the shuttle bus system at the University of Utah. Fueled with a federal grant, the U. is installing charging pads at bus stops and buying new electric buses to supplement its 28-bus fleet of diesel and compressed natural gas-powered vehicles.
Written June 18, 2012 by The Salt Lake Tribune