No more cold, stiff extension cords, and equally cold and stiff fingers for electric vehicle (EV) owners wanting to recharge their vehicles before the daily commute, thanks to Evatran, which appears to be moving ahead steadily with its Plugless Power wireless EV charging system.
Joining Evatran are program partners Hertz, Duke Energy, Clemson University and Google, all of whom attended the launch of the Apollo Program, which hopes to make wireless charging ubiquitous, thus expanding the adoption of EVs by consumers. At the Richmond, Va., event, public partners (Dominion Chevrolet, James River Air Conditioning, and Pence Nissan, as well as Virginia Clean Cities) also supported test drives, giving people a chance to learn more about how Apollo Program members were capitalizing on the benefits of plugless power, particularly in relation to their EV fleets.
It was a one-day event for consumers. For Evatran partners, it was three months of in-the-field testing and reporting the results back to the company. Subsequently, Evatran helped Google install wireless charging stations at its campus in Mountain View, Calif., and assisted Clemson University, in South Carolina, by adding wireless charging units at its International Center for Automotive Research campus.
Evatran says its Plugless Power program relies on safe and thoroughly tested inductive power transfer, or IPT. This is the same type of force as was once used to run a trolley (an electric streetcar) on a powered track. The advantage of IPT is that there are no moving parts to wear out, and no combustible materials (like gasoline or diesel) that can burst into flame. IPT will also operate during any weather conditions.
As Evatran continues its work with various partners, collaborating to integrate inductive power into the next generation of electric vehicles, expect more partnerships, especially during a planned second phase of the Apollo Program in the third quarter of 2012. Earlier this year, we reported on the company’s deal with Sears to bring the system to consumers’ homes.