Toshiba field tests electric bus with wirelessly rechargeable Li-ion battery

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Toshiba Corporation has developed a fast, cable-free contactless charger for electric vehicles, which it is field testing until December on a medium-sized EV bus designed to handle the power demands of regular high-speed journeys on expressways.

The 45-seat bus is powered by a long-life, high-output SCiB, Toshiba’s advanced lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and will make regular trips between All Nippon Airways Co facilities in Tonomachi, Kawasaki and Haneda Airport in Tokyo. The 11km journey will test the bus and its performance under various traffic conditions.

Development of the SCiB battery has been supported by the Ministry of the Environment under its Low Carbon Technology Research and Development Program since 2014. A field test under which a small EV bus incorporating a similar charging technology was deployed, began in February this year and will run until December.

June 16, 2016

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