LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors unanimously approved the purchase of Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) charging systems as part of its clean bus initiative, the agency announced Monday.
Embedded directly into the roadway, WAVE systems provide en-route charging to AVTA’s battery electric buses, extending their range.
“This is yet another important step in AVTA’s transformational push to go completely zero emission by 2018,” stated AVTA Board Chairman Marvin Crist. “The acquisition of these chargers strengthens the infrastructural foundations that will allow our zero emission fleet to seamlessly complete any route within AVTA’s jurisdiction.”
The new chargers were funded as part of AVTA’s successful application to the statewide Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, which also won money for up to 29 new battery electric buses.
The May 24, 2016 vote paves the way for installation work to begin. Utah-based WAVE will install systems beginning this year and throughout 2017.
WAVE technology transfers power through the air, from an embedded charging pad placed in the pavement to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle’s undercarriage seven to eight inches above, minimizing the need for on-board power storage. Once operational, the WAVE en-route chargers will allow AVTA’s electric buses to charge during layovers as passengers board and disembark.
This “top-off” charge capability extends the range of AVTA’s electric bus fleet. The new systems will supplement the WAVE chargers that are currently being installed at Lancaster City Park and at the Palmdale Transportation Center, according to the transit agency.
“WAVE is honored to have been chosen to play a role in AVTA’s pioneering drive to go completely zero emission,” stated Michael Masquelier, WAVE’s chief executive officer. “We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership with AVTA and are proud to help bring clean transit to the communities of the Antelope Valley.”
[Information via news release from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority.]