Last month, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) put into action the first three high-speed wireless bus chargers. The chargers will benefit the AVTA network of zero-emissions buses and will operate at 250kW speeds. This will enable the fleet of fully electric BYD buses that service Southern California to charge up at record-breaking speeds sans wires.
The AVTA plans to build on the success from the two 50kW wireless charging units provided by WAVE with the new 250kW units. The plan is to install 11 of the new 250kW WAVE chargers this year which will supply the necessary power to the transit authority’s existing fleet of 40-foot and 60-foot BYD buses. These high-speed chargers will supplement the 90 depot chargers that provide the overnight charging for the current and future AVTA bus fleet.
The first three of the 250 kW high speed chargers are officially in action, with more chargers going online later this month. This supports the AVTA’s masterplan to convert the entire zero-emissions electric vehicle fleet in the coming years. All in all, AVTA may install up to 15 high-speed chargers.
Back in early 2016, the AVTA ordered 85 battery-powered BYD buses as part of a $79 million contract. The Antelope Valley Transit has calculated a savings of more than $46 million over the lifetime of the BYD fleet simply from utilizing the electric capabilities. Per year, that comes out to a savings of $46,000 per bus each year.