Utah State University develops a wireless electric bus that charges itself at every stop


Researchers at the Utah State University have tested an electric bus that charges wirelessly through induction and will revolutionize the transit industry. The technology was designed by Utah State University’s Wireless Power Transfer Team and the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative’s Advanced Transportation Institute.



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OLEV bus charged wirelessly by the road

Wireless online electric bus

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed an Online Electric Vehicle (OLEV) bus that receives power wirelessly from electrical cables laid underneath the surface of the street using Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance (SMFIR) technology. Two of the new buses have just hit the streets in the city of Gumi, South Korea. (Video)

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Utah has the fastest growing transit system in the U.S.

When complete, the multi-modal system that can meet the transportation needs of the vast majority of the local residents.

Where in the U.S. can you find the fastest growing transit system?  Salt Lake City, Utah.  They are the only city in the U.S. that is building light rail, bus rapid transit, streetcars, and commuter rail all at the same time. (Video)




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Bus/Tram combo charges battery as it picks up passengers


Behold the AutoTram.

German researchers are testing a unique form of public transportation that borrows the best from busses, electric cars, trains and trams without contributing emissions. The vehicle, named AutoTram, is fully electric, but instead of running on a single charge, it charges when it stops, gaining enough power in 30 seconds to move another mile.

The project comes from the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI in Dresden and aims to offer the convenience, routing flexibility and affordability of a bus, minus the noise and exhaust. It also addresses the problem of lengthy battery charging cycles. While most cars are only in use for a few hours per day, public transportation vehicles can be in action around the clock, offering nearly no battery charging opportunities…

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