Kevin Opsahl – Herald Journal
A University of Utah wirelessly-charged electric bus designed by a Utah State University spin-out company made its ceremonial debut on Wednesday, running though parts of downtown Salt Lake City and the UofU campus.
The bus has been operational for about three months, but officials at the UofU, USU and WAVE — the USU spin-out company — were on hand to officially unveil the technology this week, made possible by a $2.6 million federal government grant.
The bus currently runs in the morning from a bus station in Salt Lake City to University Hospital. Then it completes another route from the UofU Student Union Center to the Heritage Building.
WAVE wants to expand routes to a “central location” through campus, but that won’t be complete until 2015.
“This is the product of our USU wireless power transfer technology development, and it is a great outcome for our USTAR (Utah Science Technology and Research) program,” Rob Behunin, USU vice president for commercialization and advancement, told The Herald Journal in an email after the event. “We are also very proud of WAVE and the progress they have made to get this technology commercially deployed.” (…)