Eight new electric buses are making their way trough Milton Keynes (54 miles North of London) later this month and they are certainly generating quite the buzz!
The buses will be charging throughout the day along their route which stretches across 15 miles, carrying about 800,000 passengers a year. They will be using inductive charging, a report from IEE Spectrum explains how the buses charge using inductive charging :
- “Inductive charging occurs when an electric current run through a coil, creates a magnetic field, which, in turn, induces current in any nearby conducting loops. When a bus stops at either of the charging stations, its on-board induction loops, lowered to 4 centimeters above ground, enter the magnetic field. The resulting current tops up its batteries enough to ensure it has enough energy to make it to the other end of the route and its next charge up.”
After a night of charging at the bus depot, at the beginning and end of each route, the driver will lower receiver plates to about 1.5 inches and for 10 minutes,during the scheduled driver breaks, the bus will charge.