Wave Partnership with BYD and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Aug. 27, 2018

Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) is honored to announce its partnership with BYD and Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) in St. Petersburg Florida. WAVE will provide wireless in-route charging for four BYD buses powered by its wireless technology.

Faced with increasing demands for sustainability, a growing number of transit agencies are turning to all-electric vehicles. PSTA operates the largest diesel-hybrid electric fleet in Florida with a total of 71 vehicles in active service. The agency has now decided to explore fully-electric vehicles.

WAVE currently offers the best solutions for electric vehicle range anxiety and battery life. In-route charging extends vehicle range, making it the natural choice for transit agencies interested in transitioning their fleets to electric. WAVE’s in-route charger eliminates the need for dangerous third rail power systems or impractical and cost-prohibitive overhead wire charging systems.

“PSTA eagerly anticipates the opportunity to deploy WAVE’s wireless charging solution as part of our all electric bus program. ‘In-Route Opportunity Charging’ offers a high-power charging solution, seamless integration, with the benefit of minor impact on existing city streets. The partnership with WAVE will allow us to keep the BYD all-electric buses in service throughout the day for the passengers of Pinellas County,” says Henry Lukasik, PSTA’s Director of Maintenance.