WAVE Drayage Electrification Project

WAVE Drayage Electrification Project

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 http://www.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.

Long Beach Transit (LBT)

Long Beach Transit (LBT)

WAVE is proud to have worked with BYD delivering range-extended battery electric transit buses to Long Beach Transit in Long Beach, CA. WAVE’s 50 kW charger was installed adjacent to the Convention Center near Long Beach’s stunning waterfront. The charger serves BYD 40-foot battery electric transit buses on LBT’s free Passport Route.

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)

AVTA is currently deploying multiple WAVE 250 kW chargers. These chargers will be powering BYD K11 and K9 buses in Lancaster and Palmdale. WAVE has completed a full OEM integration with BYD at their Lancaster manufacturing facility, now working together to help Antelope Valley Transit Authority reach their goal of being “100 percent Green by 2018”. The 250 kW chargers will allow AVTA to run their buses for the same number of hours as their diesel counterparts. In the development of this product, WAVE has solidified a product platform with scalability up to a megawatt (MW) to accommodate future applications that are even more demanding.

Port of LA (POLA)

Port of LA (POLA)

WAVE has recently begun transitioning its technology to additional markets, including two POLA projects to demonstrate zero-emission range extension technology by integrating wireless charging on electric port vehicles. By partnering with Hyster-Yale Group, the largest forklift manufacturer in the US, WAVE is delivering a high power wireless charger for the first ever demonstration of an all-electric container handler at POLA’s APM Terminal, which is the largest terminal operator at POLA. These wireless chargers will significantly accelerate the adoption of zero emission electric trucks, allowing POLA to meet the new zero emission targets imposed by the State of California.

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)

Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA)

AVTA is a leader in zero emission bus technology and announced the acceptance of two BYD electric buses equipped with WAVE’s wireless charging technology. WAVE provided two wireless chargers in 2015 that allow AVTA to charge their buses en-route. The WAVE system enables AVTA to run their buses for the same number of hours as their diesel counterparts.

Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA)

Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA)

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – November 14, 2016 – Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) announces its state-of-the-art Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology is now providing en 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. En route charging means less batteries needed, reduced vehicle weight, higher passenger capacity and extended vehicle range.

“En route charging eliminates the range vs. capacity tradeoff that remains the primary challenge in electrified transportation,” said Michael Masquelier, Chief Executive Officer of WAVE. “Combined with our unique wireless underground charging technology, we provide maximum efficiency without the eyesore and risks associated with above-ground charging equipment.  We are honored and excited to partner with Gillig, a 125-year-old company with a reputation for quality and customer service, to deliver a WAVE powered all-electric bus solution.”

WAVE’s WPT technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed by a U.S. company for mass transit. Recently celebrating its fourth year in operation, WAVE is currently taking orders on a 250kW wireless charger to add to its portfolio of product offerings, in addition to continued delivery of its flagship 50kW product.

Sales in WAVE systems have been steadily increasing over the past 3 years, including commercial deployments at Utah Transit Authority, Monterey Salinas Transit, McAllen Metro Transit, and Antelope Valley Transit Authority, with ten buses at Long Beach Transit planned to be in service during the next quarter.  Next for delivery are 250kW systems for AVTA in 2017 and additional wireless charging systems in the East Bay to power more Gillig electric buses for CCCTA.

 The CEO and General Manager of Contra Costa County Transit Authority, Rick Ramacier, said “perhaps the most unique aspect of this vehicle is the way we charge it…opportunity or en-route charging…that means we can do more runs per bus per day and not send it back to the depot for charging, which would otherwise require more buses, more drivers, and additional costs.”

 Derek Maunus, President of Gillig, stated “WAVE has proven to be a strategic supplier enabling our all-electric bus solutions to meet our customer’s needs.”

“Manually attaching power connectors is simply too time-consuming” said Masquelier, “while overhead charging systems detract from the cosmetic components of green initiatives. It’s this combination that is driving demand for WAVE’s IPT systems.”

About WAVE
Founded in 2011, WAVE has developed a solution that overcomes traditional battery limitations in electric vehicles by delivering wireless power using electrical infrastructure embedded in the roadway and vehicle-mounted receivers. WAVE’s Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) is created through magnetic fields that move power from underneath the roadway to the vehicle, without wires or cables. Charging vehicles wirelessly reduces on-board battery size by up to 75%, increases battery life, and extends vehicle range. WAVE provides a full-service turnkey solution to transit agencies that includes the electric bus, WAVE charging system, service level agreements, and ongoing systems maintenance.  WAVE is working closely with both Federal Transportation Authority and State Authorities to deploy WPT systems in several regions of the U.S.  Learn more – waveipt.com


Contact:  Michael Masquelier, michael@waveipt.com, (801) 903-1709