WAVE Provides a Glimpse into a Visionary Future of Electric Vehicles with Unlimited Range

WAVE Provides a Glimpse into a Visionary Future of Electric Vehicles with Unlimited Range

Salt Lake City, UT- Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE), the leading innovator in heavy-duty vehicle wireless charging, helps operators of all-electric bus fleets to successfully meet the challenges associated with vehicle range.

Today, emissions from diesel-powered vehicles have become a worldwide concern. The demand to reduce emissions has driven an increased interest in vehicles powered by alternative propulsion. Electric buses are the popular option for cities as public transportation plays an integral role in environmental sustainability. An electric bus operation improves air quality, noise reduction, and total cost of ownership is far less than polluting alternatives.

In 2016, AVTA set a goal to become the nation’s first all-electric fleet. The fleet utilizes WAVE’s wireless inductive chargers to help power the new zero-emission buses. Using wireless, inductive power transfer pads embedded in the roadway, AVTA’s electric vehicles can seamlessly charge while on route, drastically reducing the need for large battery packs and cumbersome charging stations. WAVE’s wireless charging solution integrates into daily operations and requires zero driver intervention.

Through experience and the accumulation of data, WAVE has found its systems capable of maintaining electric bus operations without making a single change to existing bus schedules. Daily routes, totaling more than 200 miles, provide ample opportunities for a five-minute charge at a bus transfer center. In-route charging allows electric vehicles to extend their operational range and increase overall battery life. WAVE’s wireless chargers allow AVTA’s fleet to operate in a charge-neutral scenario, which means the WAVE’s wireless charger puts back as much energy as it was consumed on the previous route segment. As a result, the buses never lose their charge. Its charging technology alleviates common concerns about electric vehicle ownership, including safety, convenience, and range anxiety.

The WAVE technology has successfully undergone multiple rigorous commercial deployments throughout the country. At Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA), eight Gillig battery electric buses run in a charge-neutral scenario, where a brief stop at the Walnut Creek BART station in-route chargers replenish all of the energy consumed during the previous lap around town. The only net charge depletion is during the deadhead from Concord to WC BART where it starts the morning route. Thereafter, the charge remains neutral throughout the day, keeping the batteries charged in the SOC sweet spot, and then returning back to the bus depot at the end of the day for a brief top-off charge. The reality is that, this entire route could actually be done without ever plugging in a vehicle!

About WAVE
WAVE is a technology company focused on creating practical and economical solutions for the transit and off-road industrial electric vehicle markets worldwide. WAVE is the premiere developer of inductive charging solutions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, with numerous commercial deployments across the country. WAVE’s wireless power transfer technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. For more information on WAVE, please visit http://www.waveipt.com/.

The Nation’s First Wireless Charging Infrastructure Solution to Deploy at a Maintenance Depot

The Nation’s First Wireless Charging Infrastructure Solution to Deploy at a Maintenance Depot

Salt Lake City, UT– Widely known for its in-route wireless charging technology, Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) announced today it has transformed the industry through its initiative to modernize operations by bringing its wireless charging system to Josephine Community Transit’s (Josephine) maintenance depot. This system will wirelessly charge two remanufactured Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses from Complete Coach Works, with an additional two vehicles being added later this year.

As states across the U.S. continue to mandate more sustainable regulations on transportation, operators seek cost-effective methods to reduce investment and operation costs to acquire cleaner modes of transportation. Smart charging solutions are a viable economic option to consider with electric mobility.

Traditionally, electric vehicles return to a maintenance depot for overnight parking where they are charged by overhead infrastructure or plug-in chargers and placed back into operation the next day. These chargers require frequent maintenance and space for electrical equipment.

The WAVE system offers a more aesthetically pleasing option for a transit agency or fleet operator and takes up much less space than plug-in or overhead chargers. The system consists of a charging pad conveniently embedded in the pavement and transfers power through the air to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s undercarriage. Its inductive power transfer eliminates the hassle of cords or overhead infrastructure. The system requires no cables or connectors and has no moving parts, substantially reducing maintenance requirements both on-and-off the bus.

“Offering the WAVE system at a maintenance garage, in addition to its typical en route use, is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with Josephine and advance the industry,” stated Michael Masquelier, WAVE’s Chief Executive Officer.

Josephine embarks on a modernization journey with WAVE who remains at the forefront of the wireless technology industry. Josephine is one of only four agencies in Oregon deploying 100% electric vehicles into transit service and will continue to use WAVE inductive charging at its maintenance depot.

About WAVE

WAVE is a technology company focused on creating practical and economical solutions for the transit and off-road industrial electric vehicle markets worldwide. WAVE is the premiere developer of inductive charging solutions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, with numerous commercial deployments across the country. WAVE’s wireless power transfer technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. For more information on WAVE, please visit http://www.waveipt.com/.

WAVE Supports Antelope Valley Transit Authority to be the First Fully Electric Fleet Powered by Wireless Chargers

WAVE Supports Antelope Valley Transit Authority to be the First Fully Electric Fleet Powered by Wireless Chargers

Salt Lake City, UT- Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE), the leading innovator in heavy-duty vehicle wireless charging, announced today that it will provide additional wireless inductive charging systems to Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA), as they transition to a 100% electric vehicle fleet.

The economy’s shift toward sustainability has influenced AVTA’s decision to become pioneers of battery electric bus transportation. By combining groundbreaking electric bus technology with wireless inductive charging technology, AVTA’s innovative bus project will be the first of its kind in the nation. The electric bus fleet project will not only benefit local communities, but the environment as a whole.

“Our goal is to seamlessly integrate the charging into naturally occurring dwell times in our schedule,” stated AVTA CEO Macy Neshati, “and with the industry leading 250kW transfer rate that WAVE provides, we can add as much as 133 miles of range on a typical 8-hour shift, which allows us to conduct business as usual while disposing of old polluting diesel buses.”

In-route charging means buses can have smaller batteries, reduced vehicle weight, a higher passenger capacity, and extended vehicle range. Manually attaching power connectors for plug-in chargers is time-consuming, not to mention the risks associated with above ground charging equipment through distasteful visual clutter of overhead lines and pylons. In addition, overhead chargers include moving parts requiring frequent maintenance that will significantly increase costs.

Michael Masquelier, WAVE’s Chief Executive Officer, says, “It’s the completely “hands-free” automated charging operation that is driving demand, which requires absolutely no action by the operators. AVTA’s electric buses can now move passengers all day long, without a single concern about having enough range.”

“We are honored to be a part of AVTA’s significant milestone in its goal of attaining an all-electric fleet,” says Michael Masquelier, “AVTA has paved the way for transit agencies adopting electric buses with range concerns simply by eliminating the concerns altogether.”

WAVE technology transfers power through the air from a single embedded charging pad placed in the pavement to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s undercarriage. The pad embedded in the ground is sturdy enough to be run throughout the course of the day without damage, has no moving parts, and avoids risks associated with above ground charging equipment.

WAVE is honored to partner with AVTA toward its goal of green mobility. “We look forward to working on future projects with them,” stated Michael Masquelier. WAVE wishes AVTA much success in its continued efforts to provide exemplary service to the communities it serves.

About WAVE
WAVE is a technology company focused on creating practical and economical solutions for the transit and off-road industrial electric vehicle markets worldwide. WAVE is the premiere developer of inductive charging solutions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, with numerous commercial deployments across the country. WAVE’s wireless power transfer technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. For more information on WAVE, please visit http://www.waveipt.com/.

About AVTA
AVTA serves a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south and Interstate 5 to the west. AVTA is committed to its sustainability goals of becoming the nation’s first fully electric fleet powered wirelessly with up to 85 new all-electric buses.

U.S. Department of Energy Selects WAVE Drayage Electrification Project with Groundbreaking Wireless Inductive Charger to Support Battery Electric Drayage Trucks

U.S. Department of Energy Selects WAVE Drayage Electrification Project with Groundbreaking Wireless Inductive Charger to Support Battery Electric Drayage Trucks

Salt Lake City, UT– Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) is proud to announce the selection of its “High-Power Extreme Fast Charging Development and Deployment for Electric Drayage Trucks at the Port of Los Angeles” and $8.4M project award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Batteries and Electrification to Enable Extreme Fast Charging Funding Opportunity.

WAVE will partner with Cummins Inc., Schneider Electric, Utah State University and Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) to develop, deploy and demonstrate a first-of-its-kind 500kW “XMEG” wireless inductive charger to support zero-emission (ZE) battery electric drayage trucks.  The solution leverages USU technology for a direct Medium Voltage grid connection to greatly reduce cost, size and complexity of installed XMEG systems.

“This is a critical technology because battery electric commercial vehicles will play an important role in improving air quality in cities and ports, but charging infrastructure can be a barrier to their adoption,” said Michael Masquelier, WAVE’s Chief Executive Officer. “WAVE looks forward to a fruitful partnership with DOE and we are proud to help make zero-emission freight truck operations a reality.”

WAVE technology transfers power through the air, from an embedded charging pad placed in the pavement to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s undercarriage, reducing the amount of on-board storage needed to operate. The innovative WAVE extreme fast charger will allow TTSI’s ZE drayage trucks to charge during normal cargo loading and unloading stops. Combined with the groundbreaking improvements enabling extreme fast charge, this “top-off” charge capability will significantly extend the uptime of the trucks, eliminating battery range concerns and enabling them to complete the rigorous duty cycles associated with around-the-clock freight operations.

Utah-based WAVE will deploy and field test the system this year and next. The new system will be installed at TTSI at the Port of Los Angeles. Victor La Rosa, CEO & Founder of TTSI noted, “This is an important step in TTSI’s innovative push to reduce emissions throughout its terminal operations. Data gathered from this project will provide critical insights not only to TTSI but also to the port and freight sectors at large. The model that we are building will form a blueprint that any port operator looking to significantly reduce emissions can follow.”

This project will showcase the technologies enabling the zero-emission future of port functions. Cummins is integrating an electric powertrain that will successfully meet the operational needs of this demanding application at the Port of Los Angeles.

“We are pleased to work with these partners and develop our experience with extreme wireless fast charging, a key technology to enable broader adoption of electric powertrains,” said Wayne Eckerle, Vice President of Research and Technology at Cummins. “Our goal is to bring multiple clean power solutions to markets to help improve the environment while powering our customers’ success.”

About WAVE

WAVE is a technology company focused on creating practical and economical solutions for the transit and off-road industrial electric vehicle markets worldwide. WAVE is the premiere developer of inductive charging solutions for medium and heavy-duty vehicles in the United States, with numerous commercial deployments across the country. WAVE’s wireless power transfer technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. For more information on WAVE, please visit https://waveipt.com/.

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and over 7,600 dealer locations and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion in 2018. See how Cummins is powering a world that’s Always On by accessing news releases and more information at https://www.cummins.com/always-on. Follow Cummins on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cummins and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/cumminsinc.

About Schneider Electric 

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. Schneider believes that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that its commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment. www.schneider-electric.com

About TTSI

TTSI, a mid-sized American company, is one of the largest delivery carriers in Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach – one of the busiest seaports in the world.

Headquartered in Rancho Dominguez, CA, TTSI is a progressive, asset-based logistics provider with distinct expertise in distributing imports within the US and Canada. With a strong central leadership, TTSI is able to offer agile distribution solutions and a variety of transportation option for the simplest delivery to the most complex supply networks. Our strengths lie in solving situations before they become problems and adjusting services to meet client’s specific requirements.

TTSI’s Executive Management Team has developed a highly successful, comprehensive business model while focusing on two goals – Staying a Step Ahead and Leaving Small Footprints.