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Wireless Bus System Goes Into Year-long Trials in UK

Eight buses will travel a 15-mile route between the English suburbs of Wolverton and Bletchley; using wireless charging, a 10-minute layover will provide two-thirds needed energy for entire route.

Published: 09-Feb-2014

In Milton Keynes, 75 miles north of London, the UK is launching its first all-electric buses. The years-long pilot program consists of eight buses traveling a 15-mile route between the suburbs of Wolverton and Bletchley, which once housed the UK’s important World War II decryption efforts. The buses will run all day with the help of induction charging plates at the beginning, middle and end of the route.

During a 10-minute layover, the system can provide two-thirds of the energy the bus uses along the route.

The rollout represents the first time the UK has used the induction technology whose biggest test to date is taking place in South Korea. Smaller pilot programs like Milton Keynes’s are underway in Italy, the Netherlands and Mannheim, Germany. But only in South Korea can vehicles charge in transit.

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