A wirelessly charged electric bus testing project launched by Mitsui & Co. in the city of Milton Keynes in the UK in January 2014, has received the top prize for innovation at the UK Bus Awards, the bus industry's leading awards recognizing annual best practice. The project also took 3rd place in the Environment category.
This prestigious award represents the UK bus industry's widespread recognition of the innovative nature of the project, and is testament to the efforts of each of the partner companies involved. The project focuses on the adoption of electric buses, which are expected to kick-start the development of electrified inner-city public transport aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. An entire fleet of diesel buses on one route in Milton Keynes has been replaced with wirelessly charged electric buses and chargers placed at the start and end points, to verify whether the cost of the buses and the onboard batteries can be economically viable. The project was also recognized for Excellence in Technology at the National Transport Awards, and received a prize in the Technology category at the John Connell Awards.
In the future, we hope to develop this into a commercial project, offering a one-stop solution for similar initiatives worldwide.