Accessibility

Wirelessly charged electric bus makes U. of Utah campus debut

Posted on November 3, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah (UofU) wirelessly-charged electric bus designed by a Utah State University (USU) spin-out company, WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification) made its ceremonial debut on Wednesday, running though parts of downtown Salt Lake City and the UofU campus, HJNews.com reported.

RELATED: (video) All About WAVE: Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification

WAVE-powered buses are charged wirelessly from a charging pad embedded in the roadbed and another identical pad mounted underneath the bus.

The bus, which has been operational for about three months, currently runs in the morning from a bus station in Salt Lake City to University Hospital as well as an additional route on the UofU campus.

WAVE wants to expand routes to a “central location” through campus, but that won’t be complete until 2015, according to the report.

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) partnered with WAVE to complete the project after receiving a $2,6 million federal grant.  WAVE and the University of Utah purchased a Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) bus from Complete Coach Works with non-grant funding, in addition to WAVE further funding development of the technology and execution of the project.

“This launch is a key moment in our short history, marking a culmination of years of hard work to develop, finance and build a 50 kW wireless charging system,” said Michael Masquelier, WAVE CEO and Chief Technology Officer. “We’re excited to officially demonstrate how this technology has set a new benchmark that will change the transit industry in America and around the world.”

For the full story, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

New dispatch system gives 'ready window' to UTA paratransit users

This new program eliminates the guesswork for riders, allowing them to walk outside right as the bus arrives.

Metro to expand alternative-to-paratransit program to D.C. and Virginia

Allows eligible customers to use on-demand services — without sharing a ride — at a discounted rate, instead of paratransit.

Lack of transportation options worry seniors, people with disabilities

Combined with not being able to drive, a new poll finds lack of options leaves them feeling frustrated, isolated, and trapped.

MBTA signs amended agreement to bolster system accessibility

The accord called over 200 commitments and obligations to improve the agency's fixed-route accessibility for people with disabilities.

PSTA offers free trips to medical services for low-income seniors

Qualified riders can receive two round trips or four one-way trips per month to medical services such as doctor appointments.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation