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August 10, 2013 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Electric Vehicles with Momentum Dynamics Charging This Summer

Ohio’s Amp Electric Vehicles says it’s delivering the first of two all-electric paratransit buses to be operated by the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority outside Philadelphia later this summer.

Modified Ford F-450 with bracket for mounting wireless charging equipment from Momentum Dynamics.

Modified Ford F-450 with bracket for mounting wireless charging equipment from Momentum Dynamics.

The Ford E-450-based buses will be delivered to Momentum Dynamics of Malvern, Pa. for final adjustments to their wireless charging systems.

The parties see Momentum’s wireless inductive charging as a technology that could hasten the wider adoption of battery transportation (F&F, December 21, 2012).

Two more views of the Amp-converted battery electric shuttles for BARTA, Pennsylvania’s the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority

Two more views of the Amp-converted battery electric shuttles for BARTA, Pennsylvania’s the Berks Area Regional Transportation Authority

First and First

BARTA is the first major transportation authority in Pennsylvania to deploy fully electric vehicles, and the first in the U.S. to deploy electric paratransit vehicles.

Amp’s battery electric powertrain replaces the 2013 vehicles’ 6.8-liter, V-10 gasoline engines. The air-conditioned BARTA electric buses have 100-kilowatt-hour battery packs and an expected range of up to 100 miles on a full charge with seating for eight passengers and a wheel chair.

“Equipped with Momentum Dynamics wireless system, charging the batteries is accomplished by parking it over the charging pad and electricity is safely and quickly passed from the charging pad to the vehicle’s battery management system,” Amp says. “Onboard software manages the connection between the charging pad and the vehicle.”

‘A Superbly Engineered Solution, Ahead of Schedule’

“Amp proved that they could deliver a superbly engineered solution,” Momentum Dynamics Andy Daga said in an Amp release. “They proved that they could work closely with our engineering team, and deliver ahead of schedule and on budget a vehicle that exceeded our expectations.”

Who needs a wire?

Who needs a wire?

The BARTA project shows “that wirelessly-charged paratransit vehicles can be used on the same duty cycle as petroleum fueled vehicles, and that these vehicles accomplish the mission with zero emissions,” said Amp CEO Steve Burns.

“This project is important to BARTA’s mission to provide safe, efficient, convenient and dependable public transportation and will at the same time be part of the environmental and energy solution to our community,” said BARTA CEO and executive director Dennis Louwerse.


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