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.
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/.
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.
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/.
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.
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.”
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
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’
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/.
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.
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
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.