Wireless charging technology company Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) has installed its wireless charging system in Josephine Community Transit’s (Oregon) maintenance depot. This system will wirelessly charge two remanufactured Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) buses from Complete Coach Works, with an additional two vehicles being added later this year.
Traditionally, electric vehicles return to a maintenance depot for overnight parking where they are charged by overhead infrastructure or plug-in chargers and placed back into operation the next day. These chargers require frequent maintenance and space for electrical equipment.
The WAVE system takes up much less space than plug-in or overhead chargers. The system consists of a charging pad embedded in the pavement and transfers power through the air to a receiving pad mounted on the vehicle's undercarriage. The inductive power transfer eliminates the hassle of cords or overhead infrastructure. The system requires no cables or connectors and has no moving parts, substantially reducing maintenance requirements both on-and-off the bus.
Josephine is one of only four agencies in Oregon deploying 100% electric vehicles into transit service and will continue to use WAVE inductive charging at its maintenance depot.
WAVE provides standards-based, inter-operable, warrantied wireless charging infrastructure for transit, port, industrial, and off-road electric vehicles.