Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) makes a wireless charging system that provides in-route charging for transit buses, using a pad embedded directly into the roadway (see the March/April 2016 issue of Charged).
Now the company has earned a Field Evaluation Certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for a 50 kW system that it has deployed for the Antelope Valley Transit Agency (AVTA), which plans to put 85 BYD electric buses into service over the next five years.
UL Field Evaluations bridge the gap between uncertified equipment and a standards-based installation, allowing customers to feel confident that they can safely operate their newly-installed equipment and that it meets all required regulations. WAVE has long had a relationship with UL through its participation in the SAE Wireless Charging Standards Committee.
“In-route charging eliminates the range versus 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 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 250 kW systems to us starting in 2017,” said AVTA CEO Len Engel.