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AVTA installs WAVE wireless charging tech at bus hub

Posted on June 19, 2017

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Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification’s (WAVE) state-of-the-art Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology is now providing in-route charging for electric-powered buses at Calif.’s Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park and Palmdale Transportation Center.

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% Green by 2018.”

“WAVE is honored and excited to have been chosen by AVTA as the provider of their 50kW WPT chargers and we are looking forward to the upcoming installations of our revolutionary 250kW WPT chargers starting this year,” said Michael Masquelier, CEO of WAVE.

“Our partnership with WAVE is a key component in reaching our goal to become the nation's first fully electric transit agency," stated executive director Len Engel. "We are excited to see our vision for the future becoming a reality."

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 without the eye-sore and risks associated with above-ground charging equipment. In-route charging means less batteries, reduced vehicle weight, higher passenger capacity, and extended vehicle range.

WAVE’s WPT technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed by a U.S. mass transit operation, according to the company. 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.

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