Plugless Power by Evatran claims to be the world’s first wireless EV charging system. A wireless charging station was installed at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Google has multiple low-speed EVs for short-range travel as part of their employee car-sharing program. The company has plug-in charging stations on campus. To be able to use the wireless charger, EVs must be refitted with ta Plugless Power vehicle adapter. Once refitted, drivers can pull into a parking space, or even their garage, and refuel without having to plug the car in.
Google will be using the wireless charging station to charge a retrofitted EV. If the trial is successful, Google has shown interest in expanding the technology to its other plug-in EV vehicles.
A plugless charging system might encourage more people to consider purchasing an EV, especially if the system is installed in the driver’s garage. The automatic process would make it easier to charge the EV, and eliminate the possibility of forgetting to plug in the car and finding it empty the next morning.
Evatran is currently looking for other trial opportunities with corporations and municipalities. Most EV models are eligible for Plugless Power, but must be retrofitted. Evatran is also working with car manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs by 2012. This would be a great intermediary technology until 3D film batteries appear on the market.
Evatran™ Installs Plugless Power™ Electric Vehicle Charging Unit at Google Headquarters
Plugless Power’s “hands-free” charging technology provides Google with a convenient option for recharging its electric vehicles
WYTHEVILLE, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Using technology similar to that available in an electric toothbrush, Google is trialing a Plugless Power™ charging station for electric vehicles at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters. Plugless Power is the first electric vehicle (EV) charging system on the market to offer consumers a simple way to charge their EVs with the ease of hands-free, automatic technology.
Developed by Evatran™, LLC, Plugless Power is based on inductive technology, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years, and streamlines the charging of electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids by eliminating the nuisance of the cord and the plug.
“We are thrilled to have our first public release of the Plugless Power technology installed at Google’s headquarters,” said Tom Hough, co-founder and CEO of Plugless Power. “The interest shown by Google and the cooperation we’ve received to retrofit their EV provides evidence that a simple, convenient charging process is needed for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”
Google has multiple low-speed electric vehicles for short-range travel around its campus and includes plug-in vehicles in its on-campus employee car-sharing program. The company will initially use the Plugless Power station to charge a retrofitted short-range electric vehicle. Google showed interest in testing the Plugless Power technology and understanding how its features could simplify the charging process for its plug-in EV fleet vehicles.
According to Hough, this first public installation is an important step in bringing the technology to commercial customers, and Evatran is actively seeking other fleet trial opportunities with corporations and municipalities to experience the Plugless Power technology in the third quarter of 2011. Most EV models are eligible for Plugless Power through a simple retrofit process. In addition to fleet distribution, Evatran is currently working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs by 2012.
For more information about Plugless Power’s unique technology, visit www.pluglesspower.com.
About Plugless Power
Plugless Power™ (www.pluglesspower.com), manufactured by Evatran™, is the first electric vehicle (EV) charging system on the market to offer customers a simple way to charge their EVs with the ease of hands-free, automatic technology. Utilizing inductive technology, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years, Plugless Power streamlines the charging of electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids by eliminating the nuisance of the cord and the plug. For more information, visit www.pluglesspower.com.
[ZDNet via Plugless Power]