Momentum Dynamics has installed a 200-kilowatt wireless charging system to support electric transit buses in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new charging system, which became operational in June, is inside the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) Shuttle Park and automatically charges electric buses as they load and unload passengers.
The system is Momentum Dynamics’ second in the US – in April, it installed a system in Wenatchee, Washington. The company will install several other wireless charging systems in the US this year, and has multiple installations planned for Europe in 2019.
The Momentum charging system is installed in the roadway, and allows buses to be recharged multiple times per day during their scheduled stops, enabling essentially unlimited driving range.
“Through the partnership with Momentum Dynamics and BYD, our new electric buses charge fast, efficiently and run emissions-free all day,” said Lisa Maragnano, Executive Director of CARTA.
“Limited driving range is regarded as the key roadblock to the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Momentum’s CEO Andrew Daga. “To replace fossil-fuel buses with electric buses, an alternative to overnight plug-in charging must be used to allow for extended operations. On-route wireless charging allows an electric bus to drive any route in any city with unlimited driving range.”
Source: Momentum Dynamics