USU technology to power new bus route in Salt Lake

The future of bus transportation may ride on WAVE, a company founded to commercialize a technology developed at Utah State University. The company will install a first-of-its-kind, electrically based bus system in Salt Lake City.The Federal Transit Administration awarded the Utah Transit Authority a $2.7 million grant for WAVE, which stands for wireless advanced vehicle electrification, to install the new bus route on the University of Utah campus.WAVE will install power stations beneath the pavement on the route. When a bus stops over the station for a few minutes, it will recharge the battery using a magnetic field, which eliminates the need to plug in.James May, vice president of business development for WAVE, said the system also reduces the size and weight of the battery needed to run the engine.May said most electric vehicles need a battery large enough to get them through an entire day’s use and then come back and recharge overnight, but the new bus has different needs.

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