Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) announced that its state-of-the-art Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology is now providing in-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. In-route charging means less batteries, reduced vehicle weight, higher passenger capacity, and extended vehicle range, according to the company.
“In-route charging eliminates the range vs. capacity tradeoff that remains the primary challenge in electrified transportation,” said Michael Masquelier, CEO 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.”
Recently celebrating its fourth year in operations, 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.