Utah Governor Gary Herbert and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch have awarded the energy technology innovation of the year award to Utah State University’s wireless power transfer team for their wirelessly-charged Aggie Bus.
Governor Herbert metions WAVE in his 2013 State of the State Address on January 30, 2013:
"That same spirit of innovation is driving Utah State University's Aggie Bus. Created through a public-private partnership between USU and a company called WAVE, this electric bus is refueled by recharging on electric pads throughout its route. It is 100% emissions free."
Utah State University presented a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology in a demonstration Nov. 15. The Aggie Bus rolled onto the streets carrying passengers just 16 months after USU demonstrated the first high-power, high-efficiency wireless power transfer system capable of transferring enough energy to quickly charge an electric vehicle. In July 2011, the USU Research Foundation demonstrated 90 percent electrical transfer efficiency of five kilowatts over an air gap of 10 inches.