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USA: U. of Utah shuttle system getting wireless electric bus

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Wesley Smith, CEO of a Utah State startup called WAVE, describes the footprint of the poer transfer panel that will be installed beneath the asphalt just north of the South Campus Drive TRAX station. WAVE is commercializing technology that wirelessly transfers electric power. His company is building a demonstration project on the University of Utah campus that will charge electric shuttle busses without wires. Using a $2.7 million federal grant, the company will install the charging pads this summer and by winter, the U. will be operating a bus between the south campus TRAX station and the Warnock engineering complex. Monday, May 14, 2012.

Unplugged » Utah campus showcasing new technology hoped to transform transportation.
By Brian Maffly | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jun 18 2012 01:56 pm • Last Updated Jun 18 2012 01:56 pm
If batteries did not weigh or cost so much, most drivers might be wheeling electric vehicles by now.

A new Utah State University technology could overcome this barrier to electrically powered transport. How? By transferring power through the air, from charging pads embedded in a road to a vehicle’s undercarriage 10 inches above, minimizing the need for on-board power storage.


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