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High-Power WEVC for AVTA’s BYDs

April 25, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVSE, Solicitation by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

Minimum of 200 Kilowatts of Inductive Charging Power
Sought for AVTA’s Fleet of All-Battery Buses Built by BYD

The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is looking for a provider of high-power wireless electric vehicle charging equipment to help support its new fleet of 100% battery electric buses. AVTA is seeking WEVC gear capable of delivering at least 200 kilowatts, with 250 kilowatts preferred.

All-battery BYD transit bus in AVTA colors

All-battery BYD transit bus in AVTA colors

The agency is buying as many as 85 all-battery buses from BYD, which is building them at a local factory in Lancaster, Calif. AVTA will use a combination of overnight depot and in-route inductive charging (F&F, March 11).

Plans call for the WEVC equipment to be installed at up to 15 locations in Lancaster, the City of Palmdale and rural incorporated Los Angeles County, to support as many as 50 of the Agency’s new battery buses. “This will enable the buses to meet the range demands of all bus routes,” states RFP 2016-41: High Power In-Route Wireless Charging System.

Federally Supported

AVTA is seeking a vendor “to provide project management, supervision, scheduling, equipment, labor, materials, freight, taxes, connection and testing of systems provided with required support for approval of all applicable permits for this project.”

The agency notes that the project is federally funded and that the work must comply with U.S. Federal Transit Administration, and Department of Labor requirements, as well as California Public Contract Code and Department of Industrial Relations labor codes, rules and regulations.

Bids are due May 10.

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Source: AVTA with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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