WAVE Announces Wireless Charging at Walnut Creek BART Station | Wireless Charging for Gillig Buses in Bay Area with Contra Costa County Transit Agency

For Immediate Release
November 23, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – November 23, 2016 – Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) announces 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.

“In-route charging eliminates the range vs. capacity tradeoff that remains the primary challenge in electrified transportation,” said Michael Masquelier, Chief Executive Officer 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.”

WAVE’s WPT technology is the world’s most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed by a U.S. company for mass transit. Recently celebrating its 4th year in operation, 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.

Sales in WAVE systems have been steadily increasing over the past 3 years, including commercial deployments at Utah Transit Authority, Monterey Salinas Transit, McAllen Metro Transit, and Antelope Valley Transit Authority, with ten buses at Long Beach Transit planned to be in service during the next quarter. Next on tap for delivery are 250kW systems for AVTA in 2017 and additional wireless charging systems in the East Bay to power more Gillig electric buses for CCCTA.

The CEO and General Manager of Contra Costa County Transit Authority, Rick Ramacier, said “perhaps the most unique aspect of this vehicle is the way we charge it…opportunity or in-route charging…that means we can do more runs per bus per day and not send it back to the depot for charging, which would otherwise require more buses, more drivers, and additional costs.”

Derek Maunus, President of Gillig, stated “WAVE has proven to be a strategic supplier enabling our all-electric bus solutions to meet our customer’s needs.”

“Manually attaching power connectors is simply too time-consuming” said Masquelier, “while overhead charging systems detract from the cosmetic components of green initiatives. It’s this combination that is driving demand for WAVE’s IPT systems.”

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About WAVE Founded in 2011, WAVE has developed a solution that overcomes traditional battery limitations in electric vehicles by delivering wireless power using electrical infrastructure embedded in the roadway and vehicle-mounted receivers. WAVE’s Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) is created through magnetic fields that move power from underneath the roadway to the vehicle, without wires or cables. Charging vehicles wirelessly reduces on-board battery size by up to 75%, increases battery life, and extends vehicle range. WAVE provides a full-service turnkey solution to transit agencies that includes the electric bus, WAVE charging system, service level agreements, and ongoing systems maintenance. WAVE is working closely with both Federal Transportation Authority and State Authorities to deploy WPT systems in several regions of the U.S. Learn more – waveipt.com

For more information, please contact Michael Masquelier, (801) 903-1709 or e-mail michael@waveipt.com
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WAVE Technology Install Completed for City of McAllen Electric Buses

Metro McAllen

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has completed a project with The City of McAllen’s Transit Department, Metro McAllen (McAllen), to install WAVE technology on two buses that include an all-electric, Zero-Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) provided by Complete Coach Works (CCW).

WAVE technology transfers power through the air, from embedded charging pad placed in the pavement to the vehicle’s undercarriage 7 to 8 inches above, minimizing the need for on-board power storage.

Mario Delgado, Transit Director for McAllen shares, “This project has been a long time coming. The predominant reason it made sense for us was that it will allow us to charge our buses while they are in service. It will be idle while it’s stopped over the pad, but we won’t have to pull the bus out of service to charge it. We will be able to complete one full day with the inductive charging, so it’s just very convenient. We will give our bus the range it needs during a whole day without disturbing our service. The WAVE in-route charging roughly doubles the range of the bus on a given day.”

An embedded charging pad has been placed in the asphalt at one of the McAllen stops so that the bus route will be unchanged. The embedded pads will measure about three feet square. The pads are flat and seamlessly blend with the asphalt causing no harm to anyone/anything that pass over it.

“The bus will arrive over the charging pad every hour, initiating a layover of about 10-15 minutes so that the bus can charge, causing no disruption to the route,” notes Delgado.

When asked about the relationship with WAVE Delgado stated, “It’s been a very good working relationship. There is a level of respect and trust between us and it’s worked well.”

WAVE (Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification) is a technology company based in Utah that develops high power wireless charging solutions for electric vehicles including transit and shuttle buses, fleet vehicles, streetcars, and off-road industrial vehicles. WAVE tackles the problem of heavy and expensive vehicle batteries through wireless power, transferring electricity between vehicle and roadway.

The City of McAllen’s Transit Department (McAllen) was created in 2001 in order to manage and maintain Central Station, the City’s International Transit Terminal Facility. Metro McAllen currently operates seven (7) intercity bus routes and a paratransit bus service for eligible patrons. The bus system hubs out of the downtown terminal facility where passengers can connect to an array of international, national, regional and intercity destinations. The bus service days of operation are Monday through Saturday.

Complete Coach Works (CCW) is the largest U.S. bus remanufacturing and rehabilitation company and the leading provider of a vast array of transportation solutions with over 28 years of dedicated service in the transportation industry. CCW is a pioneer in the business and strives to continually provide cleaner air through innovative design and engineering, resulting in the world’s first and only remanufactured all-electric battery powered bus. Developed and integrated by CCW, the Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) technology provides customers a highly cost effective alternative to green transportation, potentially revolutionizing the transportation industry while supporting the environment for future generations. Regardless of how small or large the job, CCW provides an exceptionally experienced team of over 350 experts, committed to customer service and satisfaction.

For more information, please contact Celeste Casas at (800) 287-7253 or e-mail celeste@waveipt.com
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