Hertz, Duke Energy, and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research will test the system on their Nissan LEAFs over the next three months.
Wireless charging has the potential to make charging EVS more convenient and user-friendly. The company that’s made the most progress with this new technology so far is the Virginia-based startup Evatran, which announced today that it has completed the first three installations of its Plugless Power wireless charging system. Hertz, Duke Energy, and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research will test the system on their Nissan LEAFs over the next three months.
Plugless Power's Vehicle Adapter equipped on a Nissan Leaf
Brian Normann, Evatran's Chief Technology Officer, said, "we're already learning how users interact with the system, the confidence it gives them in recharging their electric vehicles, and what we need to update for our production aftermarket systems. Our partners, through their daily use of the system, are supplying us with invaluable feedback to utilize as we update our design and make it available to electric vehicle drivers across the country."
Plugless Power works by electromagnetic induction, and can transfer power over an air gap of as much as seven inches. It requires a unit to be installed on the underside of a vehicle, and a charging pad to be installed on the ground. A driver simply parks the car over the pad, and charging takes place automatically. Evatran claims its wireless wonders function at over 90% efficiency, and can charge a vehicle just as quickly as corded chargers.
"Our goal in launching this one-of-a-kind initiative was twofold," said Evatran CEO Tom Hough. "We wanted to get this game-changing technology into the hands of real electric vehicle drivers and we wanted to show the market that convenient, wireless charging technology can encourage electric vehicle adoption on a large scale. With these first installations, we're well on our way to leading the wireless charging market."
Source: Plugless Power