An electric bus that needs no plug

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal grant will pay for an electric-powered bus at the University of Utah that can take a charge wirelessly.U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently announced the $2.7 million grant. It will pay for one shuttle bus and engineering costs for an electrified bus route on campus.The technology for wireless power transfer has been perfected at Utah State University’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory. And a spin-off company called WAVE is trying to commercialize the technology.The company says it could have the system in place at the University of Utah within a year.A single charging pad embedded in pavement is all that’s needed to keep the university’s bus moving. The bus would rest for a few minutes over the charging pad to draw electricity.

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