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Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Transit Applications

COURSE NO: E04-031
Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Transit Applications
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides a status review of emerging and existing international and U.S. WPT technologies applicable to electric bus and rail transit.  The review identifies the respective WPT providers, system specifications and attributes. Regulations and consensus standards for emissions and human exposure to electro-magnetic radiation and protection from electromagnetic interference are described.  Many of the techniques described for wireless charging of transit vehicles are applicable to electric automobiles as well.


At the present time, dozens of companies and government agencies throughout the world are heavily involved in developing wireless charging of batteries in electric buses and light rail vehicles.  The attractions of wireless power transfer (WPT) are manifold:


  • Much smaller and lighter batteries can be used because they can be re-charged at transit stops rather than having to carry a large charge over an entire trip
  • A convenient choice of fast or slow battery recharging with one infrastructure system is available
  • Charging is automatically triggered when transmitter and receiver are coupled by an electronic “handshake”, thus avoiding problems of the operator forgetting to plug in, or manipulate cords and plugs
  • High power transfer is potentially available in all weather conditions, without corrosion or exposed terminals
  • No loose cords or potential for electrocution or tripping are present
  • No adverse human safety or health impacts exist (as long as emissions of and exposures to magnetic and electric fields comply with applicable standards).


This 4 PDH online course is intended for electrical, mechanical, civil and transportation engineers concerned with the introduction of wireless power transfer technologies in electric vehicles.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about WPT technology options, especially inductive power transfer
  • Becoming familiar with notable and successful WPT projects
  • Understanding the advantages of WPT systems
  • Learning about safety and health concerns related o electric and magnetic fields produced by WPT technology
  • Understanding readiness levels of various versions of the technology
  • Understanding proposed safety standards
  • Learning about existing information on reliability under real-service conditions
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Transit Applications” which is based on the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration FTA Report No. 0060 of August, 2014.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Wireless Power Transfer for Electric Transit Applications (4.6 MB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this USDOT Report.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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