Wireless charging pioneer Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has deployed its wireless charging system at a bus maintenance depot operated by Josephine Community Transit, which serves Josephine County, Oregon. The system will wirelessly charge two remanufactured Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses from Complete Coach Works. An additional two vehicles are scheduled to go into service later this year.
Traditionally, electric buses return to a maintenance depot, where they are charged overnight by overhead infrastructure or plug-in chargers. According to WAVE, these chargers require frequent maintenance, as well as space for electrical equipment. The company’s wireless system takes up much less space—it consists of a charging pad embedded in the pavement, which transfers power through the air to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s undercarriage. The system requires no cables or connectors, and has no moving parts.
“Offering the WAVE system at a maintenance garage, in addition to its typical en route use, is a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with Josephine and advance the industry,” said WAVE CEO Michael Masquelier.