Momentum Dynamics and Solano Transportation Authority Build Network of Interagency Wireless Bus Chargers in Northern California
First-ever Emission-Free Interagency Charger Network to be Used by SolanoExpress and Adjacent Transit Agencies
MALVERN, Pennsylvania., October 13, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Public Buses Carrying Passengers Northern California will soon be among the first electric vehicles in this state to use wireless charging, enabling emission-free automatic charging while buses remain on their designated routes. Momentum Dynamics Corporation (Momentum) by Malvern, Pennsylvania, the world leader in wireless charging for all types of electric vehicles, announces the deployment of a unique shared charging network in Northern California. The project, with support from the California Energy Commission (CEC) BESTFIT Innovative Charging Solutions program, will establish a shared electric vehicle charging infrastructure model in Northern California.
This project – unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the CEC Board of Directors earlier today – will deploy the world’s first interagency wireless charging network. Momentum will partner with the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) to deploy 300kW automatic wireless fast charging infrastructure in seven strategic transit hubs across the region between San Francisco and Sacramento. The charging network will supply STA’s SolanoExpress service, operated by two local agencies (SolTrans and FAST). In addition, this network will facilitate the acceleration of the adoption of electric buses by also being open to other transport agencies operating in these transport hubs. The seven transit centers are located at:
El Cerrito Del Norte Bay Area Rapid Transit Station (BART)
Walnut Creek BART Station
Fairfield Transportation Center (FTC)
Amtrak Suisun-Fairfield Station
The Vacaville Transport Center
The Vallejo Transit Center (VTC)
Extension of the regional bus facility from York Street to VTC
“This project will be the first where a distributed network of high power commercial chargers will be operated for the mutual benefit of several transit agencies.” noted Bob kacergis, Commercial Director of Momentum Dynamics. “This will accelerate the electrification of public transport in the Northern California corridor between Sacramento and San Francisco. This project is well aligned with the governor that of Gavin Newsom recent proposal to replace 1,000 city buses with electric models in the state of California and President Biden’s pressure to speed up the electrification of US fleets. In an era when the focus is on the combined priorities of U.S. infrastructure and climate change, this project can serve as a model for transit systems across the country and around the world. “
Momentum’s charging equipment is currently available as a factory option from GILLIG, BYD and GreenPower, with approximately 200 electric buses powered wirelessly on the road or on order. Momentum is also in integration planning talks with four other US bus manufacturers. Charging systems are offered from 75 kW to 450 kW. Momentum’s systems are UL field certified and CE marked for European sales.
Creating a shared charging infrastructure in transit hubs will keep vehicles powered and in circulation throughout the day, while reducing the need for each agency to have dedicated infrastructure. The aim is to demonstrate a model of interagency cooperation that can accelerate electrification and the development of high-power shared commercial charging infrastructure.
“We are delighted with this funding and would like to thank the California Energy Commission for its partnership with STA and Momentum Dynamics on our innovative wireless charging project for public transportation.” said Ron Rowlett, chairman of the board of STA and mayor of Vacaville. “This funding will support the deployment of a pioneering wireless charging network that will enable the electrification of long-distance commuter routes SolanoExpress, will present a reproducible charging model for public transit through California, and enable regional transit agencies to participate in a shared wireless charging network to provide clean transportation and improve mobility for commuters, students and essential workers. We look forward to building and operating a cooperative electric vehicle infrastructure model with our partner transit agencies.”
âThis is an exciting project for several reasons and it is a great example of how public funds and grants can support all Californians as we move to a zero-emission future. Zero-emission transit vehicles support our goals of improving public health and air quality and also help get people out of the car. Wireless charging of buses and other electric vehicles with shared infrastructure is an innovative and impactful way to support public transport ” noted Hannon Rassoul, deputy director of the fuels and transportation division at the California Energy Commission. âOur Clean Transportation Program, funded by Assembly Bill 8, is designed to support the large-scale deployment of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure, create access for all Californians, and support innovative projects. like this one. This project will play a key role in the realization Californiaambitious targets for climate change and air quality standards while supporting the long-term, sustainable economic development of the state. ”
Wireless charging keeps fleets on the move
Wireless charging for electric vehicles allows automatic charging during normal operation. In service, such as when loading passengers or parcels, an equipped vehicle is parked on charging stations embedded in the roadway or mounted on the floor of a garage. Charging is automatic and does not require any action or supervision on the part of the driver, who is free to continue his main tasks such as loading the vehicle or assisting passengers. The system operates in all weather conditions and is unaffected by rain, ice or snow.
Automatic wireless charging also enables automated charging of the entire range of autonomous vehicles, including restricted fleets (logistics yards, vehicle depots, geo-fenced areas) and open road fleets (delivery, shared mobility and passenger vehicles. ).
About the CEC Clean Transportation Program
This project is funded in part by the California Energy Commission Clean Transportation Program, which is investing up to $ 100 million every year to support California communities, increase access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure, support innovation and accelerate the deployment of advanced transportation and fuel technologies.
About the Solano Transport Authority
The Solano Transportation Authority (STA) is responsible for county-wide transportation planning, scheduling transportation funds, managing and delivering transportation programs and services, carrying out transportation projects and the definition of transport priorities in Solano County. The STA uses an open and inclusive public participation process through various committees made up of local elected officials, public works directors, public transport operators and interested citizens.
About Momentum Dynamics
Momentum Dynamics is the market-leading original technology developer of efficient, automatic wireless charging systems for the automotive, transportation and logistics industries with real-world technology in operation that proves the ability and the need for rapid and automated recharging of electric vehicles.
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