by Mitch Shaw, Standard-Examiner
December 11, 2013
OGDEN -- As Ogden City continues to ponder future transit connections to Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital, a new possibility for shuttling commuters has emerged that is mostly independent from the Utah Transit Authority.
If batteries did not weigh or cost so much, most drivers might be wheeling electric vehicles by now. A new Utah State University technology could overcome this barrier to electrically powered transport. How? By transferring power through the air, from charging pads embedded in a road to a vehicle's undercarriage 10 inches above, minimizing the need for on-board power storage. This fall a USU start-up company will test the economic viability of such as wireless power transfer, or WPT, in the shuttle bus system at the University of Utah. Fueled with a federal grant, the U.