The wireless charging tech will be supplied by Momentum Dynamics.

Wireless charging specialist Momentum Dynamics and medium and heavy-duty EV maker GreenPower Motor, announced a three-year OEM agreement to develop and sell wirelessly charged, purpose-built all-electric transit vehicles.

The partnership will start from the GreenPower's flagship model, the EV Star, a purpose-built, 25ft mini-shuttle capable of transporting 19 passengers, with a range of up to 150 miles (240 km).

"The EV Star has completed the Federal Transit Administration's rigorous Altoona testing and will satisfy purchasing requirements such as ADA and Buy America Compliance for transit agencies across North America. The EV Star will fill the transportation industry's need for paratransit, micro transit and shuttle bus applications and has a nominal range of 150 miles and by adding automated wireless charging capability the bus dramatically increases its operational range without the need for operator intervention."

It was not said how fast the vehicle will be able to charge, but we already know that Momentum Dynamics can deliver a wireless charging system rated at up to 300 kW (it was done before for full-size buses).

Momentum CEO Andrew Daga said:

"Wireless Charging is inherently flexible, and we are delighted to extend our wireless charging offering into smaller-size shuttle bus fleets with the great people at GreenPower Motor Company. We are proud to offer the first inductive charging solution to this market. Our companies share in the excitement and huge market potential of wirelessly charged electric shuttle buses where automated fast charge capabilities are important."

Ryne Shetterly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing said:

"Range anxiety is still a pain point for many operators who wish to transition to a zero emissions fleet. By integrating wireless charging, that range anxiety goes away by allowing end users to charge up without ever taking their vehicle out of service".

This year seems to start quite well for Momentum Dynamics, as in January the company secured a new deal with Link Transit of Wenatchee, Washington, which ordered 10 additional wireless charging receivers for 10 new electric buses, which are coming in 2020, and three new on-route 300 kW wireless charging stations.

Previously, Link Transit tested BYD K9S for two years, using a 200 kW wireless charging system and seems to be impressed with the outcome.

"Following the successful introduction and operation of a wirelessly-charged bus in 2018, Momentum Dynamics Corporation and Link Transit, Wenatchee, Washington have extended their relationship with a new 5-year agreement. Through this first-of-a-kind partnership, Momentum Dynamics will provide further charging systems and ongoing services for Link Transit's growing fleet of electric buses."

The Momentum 200 kW Wireless Charging System is embedded in the pavement at Link Transit's Columbia Station in Wenatchee, Washington.
The Momentum 200 kW Wireless Charging System is embedded in the pavement at Link Transit's Columbia Station in Wenatchee, Washington.

"In 2018, Link Transit commissioned the nation's first 200-kilowatt wireless charging system for a battery-electric transit bus from Momentum Dynamics. The system has been operational on a BYD K9S bus since then.  Since installation, the system has delivered an impressive total power of 41MWh for its vehicle charging. Recently, the bus ran a 14-hour scheduled route and maintained its battery state-of-charge above 90% throughout the journey, without the need for driver intervention.  This is significant data, as proper management of battery levels - rather than a fueling model of "empty-full-empty," is essential for battery longevity, which is particularly important when a new bus may be expected to remain in service for a minimum of 12 years."

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Momentum Dynamics and GreenPower Motor Collaborate to Develop Wirelessly-Charged Electric Buses

Momentum Dynamics to Integrate Wireless Charging into Purpose-Built EV Star

MALVERN, PA., March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Momentum Dynamics and GreenPower Motor Company Inc. (TSXV: GPV) (OTCQB: GPVRF) (GreenPower) have announced a three-year OEM agreement to develop and sell wirelessly charged, purpose-built all-electric transit vehicles.

The first vehicle to integrate Momentum Dynamics' high-power wireless charging will be GreenPower's flagship model, the EV Star, a purpose built, 25ft mini shuttle capable of transporting 19 passengers. The EV Star has completed the Federal Transit Administration's rigorous Altoona testing and will satisfy purchasing requirements such as ADA and Buy America Compliance for transit agencies across North America. The EV Star will fill the transportation industry's need for paratransit, micro transit and shuttle bus applications and has a nominal range of 150 miles and by adding automated wireless charging capability the bus dramatically increases its operational range without the need for operator intervention.

The GreenPower EV Star with Momentum Dynamics wireless charging technology will be sold throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

According to Bloomberg New Energy Outlook, the electric transit industry is predicted to grow to sales of 60,000 over the next 10 years, replacing ICE buses on a one-to-one basis. EV transit buses are expected to outsell ICE buses 6:1 by 2030.

Momentum Dynamics is the global leader in automated, high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles such as buses, taxis and commercial fleets. GreenPower Motor Company is a manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles, built in Porterville, CA with additional locations in the Greater Los Angeles area and Vancouver, BC. GreenPower's market focus is on transit agencies, hotels, universities, van pooling, corporate shuttles, airports, cargo, and autonomous vehicle applications.

GreenPower has partnered with Creative Bus Sales (CBS) - the nation's largest bus dealer for sales, parts, and service. With 19 physical locations and a well-developed supply chain, CBS ensures that the customers who buy a wirelessly charged EV Star are supported throughout the useful life of the vehicle.

This news follows the recent Momentum Dynamics Corporation announcement with Link Transit of Wenatchee, Washington for a 5-year agreement extension to its current partnership. Momentum Dynamics will provide additional charging systems and ongoing services for Link Transit's growing fleet of electric buses.

"Wireless Charging is inherently flexible, and we are delighted to extend our wireless charging offering into smaller-size shuttle bus fleets with the great people at GreenPower Motor Company. We are proud to offer the first inductive charging solution to this market", said Momentum CEO Andrew Daga. "Our companies share in the excitement and huge market potential of wirelessly charged electric shuttle buses where automated fast charge capabilities are important."

"Range anxiety is still a pain point for many operators who wish to transition to a zero emissions fleet," commented Ryne Shetterly, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, "By integrating wireless charging, that range anxiety goes away by allowing end users to charge up without ever taking their vehicle out of service".

Wirelessly-equipped buses receive a charge automatically when the vehicle engages with a ground transmitter which can be located on route, at a hub or at a transit depot. The system adds charge to vehicles while the bus is stationed at a transit stop and therefore the bus always remains on route and in service. Wireless charging improves route efficiency and provides buses with infinite range, giving operators greater route flexibility when compared with plug-in systems. Importantly, the system delivers significant cost advantages: on average, electric buses reduce labor, power and maintenance costs by one dollar per mile compared to diesel and hybrid buses. Cost models show savings of over 40% in dedicated electric fleets, which equates to millions of dollars in savings per year. The breakthrough wireless charging technology was designed and manufactured by Momentum in the United States and can be applied to electric cars, taxis, commercial fleets, and autonomous vehicles.

About Momentum Dynamics.
Momentum Dynamics, located in Malvern, PA, is the global leader in high-power wireless charging for electric vehicles. The company practices world-class technology innovation and is recognized for the extraordinary accomplishments and unique expertise of its engineers and scientists. Momentum was recently named a winner of the 2019 Emerging Technology Award from Mechanical Engineering Magazine.

About GreenPower Motor Company Inc.
GreenPower designs, builds, and distributes a full suite of medium and heavy-duty vehicles that cater to the transportation needs of transit agencies, school districts, and private sector transit and shuttle operations. GreenPower employs a clean-sheet design to manufacture all-electric buses that are purpose built to be battery powered with zero emissions. Founded in 2010, GreenPower is the only manufacturer in North America that produces purpose-built electric transit, school, and shuttle buses. For further information go to www.greenpowerbus.com.