Largest Wireless EV Charging Deployment Debuts In Indianapolis

  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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If the future of transportation is electric, it is also wireless. And Indianapolis, Indiana just took a historical step toward that inductive-charging future.

  • Indianapolis revealed three 300-kilowatt inductive chargers to power 31 pure-electric buses.
  • IndyGo’s new inductive charger deployment for its pure-electric buses is the largest in history.
  • Over its lifespan, each bus will eliminate the 1,690 tons of carbon dioxide.

IndyGo, the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, revealed this week that, together with Chinese bus maker BYD and Pennsylvania-based Momentum Dynamics, it has launched the largest wireless vehicle charging deployment in history.

Three 300-kilowatt inductive chargers have been installed along the city’s Red Line bus route. They will be used to wirelessly charge IndyGo’s 31 60-foot pure-electric buses at the ends of their routes. This means they effectively have unlimited range and can run on electricity alone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

It’s often hard to fathom what impact going electric will have on the environment. Many of us know intuitively that it’s a boon for the planet. Calculating the metrics to support that inclination, however, isn’t always easy. Thankfully, in this case, the U.S. Department of Transportation has done just that. Over the 12-year lifespan of each one of these all-electric BYD buses, they’ll eliminate the releaser of 350 pounds of diesel particulate matter, 10 tons of nitrogen oxides, and 1,690 tons of carbon dioxide.

Olectra-BYD K9 all-electric buses
Olectra-BYD K9 all-electric buses. | Photo: Olectra

 

Now, just take those figures and multiply them by 31. Suddenly, it’s clear IndyGo’s switch to electric buses powered by inductive chargers is going to have a significant impact.

“IndyGo is focused on embracing innovations that improve service reliability, reduce carbon emissions, and increase operational efficiency,” Mike Terry, IndyGo president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “The partnership between BYD and Momentum Dynamics to install a wireless inductive charging solution promises to extend the range of BYD buses on the Red Line.”

Indianapolis is not the only municipality planning to install wireless chargers with the help of Momentum Dynamics. So, too, are Massachusetts and Norway.


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  • Nick Jaynes has worked for more than a decade in automotive media industry. In that time, he's done it all—from public relations for Chevrolet to new-car reviews for Mashable. Nick now lives in Portland, Oregon and spends his weekends traversing off-road trails in his 100 Series Toyota Land Cruiser.

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