BARTA to Test Two Battery Vehicles with Inductive Charging
Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles and Pennsylvania’s Momentum Dynamics will test wireless EV charging on paratransit vehicles with the Reading, Pa.-based Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority, beginning in the first quarter of 2013. A new Amp-Momentum joint venture will convert two Ford E-450 chassis to electric operation.
Momentum uses resonant magnetic induction to transfer power without a direct conductive connection.
The BARTA board approved the e-bus buy on Wednesday evening. BARTA, says the Amp-Momentum announcement, becomes “the first major transportation authority in Pennsylvania to deploy fully electric vehicles, and the first in the U.S. to deploy electric paratransit vehicles.”
“Both our companies recognize the importance of collaborating to integrate wireless charging technology to be used in a real-world application,” Amp president Marty Rucidlo said in the joint release. “We see wireless charging as an important technology asset for our package delivery fleet vehicle customers as well,” he said.
Amp EVs uses Remy motors and lithium iron phosphate batteries for its EV upfits.
Funding Support from the Commonwealth
“This pilot program with BARTA will show the pathway to wireless vehicle electrification and will assist operators of fleet vehicles to reduce their operating costs dramatically,” said Momentum CEO Andy Daga. “They will be able to transition cost effectively to a zero-emission vehicle solution.”
“Another advantage of converting existing fleet vehicles to electric drive by using the Amp model is that it allows private, municipal and state or federal vehicle managers to recycle older vehicles,” Daga said.
The Momentum technology allows “both commercial fleet and passenger-class vehicles to be charged safely and effortlessly, in all weather,” the company says. It “is immune to vandalism, theft, misuse and abuse. It does not need to be supervised in the way that plug-in chargers must be.”
The project is funded by Momentum, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
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Source: Amp-Momentum release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up