Plugless Power launches wireless EV charging trial

Virginia-based Evatran announced today that it has agreed with six commercial EV users to equip their fleets of Volts and Leafs with pre-production Plugless Power wireless charging systems. 

 

The wireless wave continues to gain amplitude. Virginia-based Evatran announced today that it has agreed with six commercial EV users to equip their fleets of Volts and Leafs with pre-production Plugless Power wireless charging systems. The project, grandiosely named the Apollo Launch Program, will begin in February 2012. Evatran installed a prototype of the system at Google's Mountain View campus in early 2011.

Participants in the new trial, which include car rental agencies, corporate campuses and utility providers, will provide feedback on daily usage routines and user interfaces. Evatran will apply the lessons learned as it develops its aftermarket product line, which will launch in late 2012. The company already has a joint development agreement with Yazaki North America to market Plugless Power technology to automakers as a factory or dealership option.

“The Apollo Launch Program builds off Evatran’s early prototype trials and provides evidence of the strong demand for a convenient recharging option for electric vehicles,” said Tom Hough, co-founder and CEO of Plugless Power. “The commitment shown by these industry leaders truly establishes them as electric vehicle advocates who are dedicated to encouraging electric vehicle adoption across the country. We want to show the world that the repetitive plug-in, unplug process doesn’t have to be part of EV ownership; we want to tell the market that a better option is on the way.”

 

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