Utah lawmakers and transportation officials discussed the future of self driving vehicles and wireless charging technology while visiting the UPEL facility in July. Utah transportation officials also attended a showcase in order to discover some of the benefits and the potential costs of integrating wireless charging systems into future transportation systems.
UPEL's Dr. Regan Zane was interviewed for a UK-based industry journal CRI. The journal focuses on electrifying our roadways. The main idea being that in the near future, we will be able to charge electric vehicles by driving down the road. Dr. Zane was interviewed to talk about USU's research and development techniques for dynamic wireless charging.
To read the news atricle, click on the following link: CRI News Article
USU has teamed up with Strongwell. Strongwell was awarded the ACE Award at this year's Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) in Dallas, TX. This year's entry by Strongwell featured its DURAGRID® HD-4000 2.5" grating panels, manufactured at the company's Chatfield, Minnesota location, used at the Utah State University Electric Vehicle and Roadway(EVR) research facility in Logan, Utah. The EVR serves as the vehicle systems integration facility for the Center for Sustainable Electrified Transportation (SELECT).
USU officials and UPEL faculty broke ground for the Electric Vehicle and Roadway (EVR) Test Facility. This facility is the first of its kind in the United States and hopes to push the envelope of advanced research in wireless power transfer for electric vehicles in motion. Construction is expected to complete in the Spring of 2015. See the links below for press coverage of the event: