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.
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.
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.”
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, email@example.com, (801) 903-1709
Beginning in 2015, McAllen Metro introduced two electric buses with WAVE wireless charging into their Green Line service, connecting the airport, hospital and shopping districts. WAVE is proud to have worked with Complete Coach Works, who provided re-manufactured electric buses to this cutting-edge project, to begin electrifying public transit in McAllen, TX.
Monterey-Salinas Transit debuted an electric old-fashioned trolley “Powered by WAVE” on its world famous Waterfront Trolley line servicing Downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Cannery Row. WAVE’s wireless charging system enables MST’s trolley to complete a full daily duty cycle on this demanding and high-profile route. Electric trolley service with WAVE charging began in 2015.
Officially launched in October 2014, the Utah Transit Authority utilizes a fully warranted, wirelessly powered charging system to power a 40-foot all-electric bus, built by Complete Coach Works. The route serves as a feeder to UTA’s South Campus TRAX light rail station. The WAVE 50 kW charging system allows the bus to run a full duty cycle of 140+ miles per day.