Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) received the first-ever Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Field Evaluation Certification for its 50kW wireless charging system. This system was deployed for the Calif.-based Antelope Valley Transit Agency's (AVTA) Lancaster City Park and Palmdale Transportation Center.
Until this time, no official UL standard existed for wireless chargers, making it challenging to build and deliver a completely safe system that operates in public locations, according to the company. In addition, the Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) in both Lancaster and Palmdale require UL labeling to ensure the products meet their high quality and safety standards.
UL Field Evaluations bridge the gap between uncertified equipment and a standards-based installation.
The WAVE wireless charging system uses a charging pad that lays flush with the pavement that wirelessly charges the bus during routine stops.
“We are very pleased to have partnered with WAVE on this first UL Field Certification, and excited to have a conscientious partner who is also contracted to deliver 250kW systems to us starting in 2017,” said AVTA CEO/GM Len Engel.