Four 300 kW high power inductive chargers now used by Link Transit in Washington
MALVERN, Pa., June 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With three solid years of regular daily operation, Link Transit’s electric buses are proving their worth, according to Richard DeRockgeneral manager of the Wenatchee, Washington, public transport agency. Now with 12 electric buses in service, all using wireless chargers installed by Momentum Dynamics, the global leader in efficient and automated high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles, Link operates one of the largest fleets of electric buses in all public transport systems in the country. DeRock reports that the operating cost of their electric buses is approximately 51% of that of a diesel bus.
Operational results – Battery electric bus operating costs 51% lower than diesel bus operating costs
Momentum Dynamics installed the first wireless charging system at Link in late 2017 and most recently completed the installation of four 300kW inductive chargers in 2021, three at Columbia Station and one at Leavenworth, WA. These four shared chargers support all of Link’s electric buses and keep them in constant service throughout the day.
“Momentum’s wireless chargers have been a game changer for us,” DeRock said. “They charge our electric buses for a few minutes when stopping between routes and provide extra range, allowing our buses to stay in service for 12 to 14 hours a day – even in the harsh cold of winter. buses typically end their day with 40-50% battery charge remaining even on the coldest days The cost savings are real and measurable Along with the availability of renewable, clean and inexpensive hydroelectric power from of the Columbia River and lower maintenance costs, this makes the expansion of our battery electric bus fleet a financially sensible solution to combating climate change.”
To replace aging diesel buses and allow for service expansion, Link will take delivery of three more 35′ buses in early 2023 and another eight 30′ buses later in 2023, all of which will use Momentum’s wireless chargers to extend reach and enable operational efficiency. .
“We are very happy to support Link Transit in its journey towards a healthier future in a cost-effective way,” said Andy DagaCEO of Momentum Dynamics. “Wireless charging makes fleet management very efficient as the system provides increased range and eliminates the need for a depot full of cables and chargers, all of which are subject to wear and create a hazardous condition for workers. It is the most reliable and cost-effective charging system for fleets available today.”
Other communities now using wireless chargers for their transit buses installed by Momentum Dynamics include Indianapolis, Martha’s Vineyard, Chattanooga, TNand new installations through Washington, Oregon, California, and other states. The new terminal Kansas City The international airport has been equipped with wireless chargers to support their buses which will transport passengers between the terminal and the car parks with an initial fleet of 7 (eventually 28) buses which will be kept in constant operation using only two shared wireless chargers.
Momentum Dynamics, located at Malvern, Pennsylvania, is the world leader in high-power inductive charging for all types of electric vehicles, including passenger vehicles, buses, delivery trucks and heavy trucks. The company practices world-class technological innovation through modular design and is recognized for the extraordinary achievements and unique expertise of its engineers and scientists. Momentum won the 2019 Emerging Technology Award from Mechanical Engineering magazine. Please visit www.momentumdynamics.com or LinkedIn for more information about Momentum.
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