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University of Utah electric bus runs on a wireless charge

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Annie Knox – The Salt Lake Tribune

A $2.7 million battery-powered bus is ferrying students and others from downtown to the U. And it doesn’t need cables to do it.

The new wireless charging system removes many of the hangups associated with electric buses: Their batteries weigh up to five tons and force drivers to fumble with wires.

“That’s always been the Achilles’ heel of battery vehicles,” Matt Sibul, chief planning officer at the Utah Transit Authority, said Tuesday.

Now, makers of the wireless chargers say they’ve eliminated that weakness. They’re hoping cities nationwide will get on board and buy their product.

The company is already working with UTA on a wireless fleet in Salt Lake City, said Michael Masquelier, CEO of WAVE. “We’re tapping into a cheaper, more stable fuel source.” (…)

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