Google and LADWP are testing the Plugless Power wireless chargers on Nissan Leafs. Evatran says these are the first passenger EVs in the world with full wireless charging capability. Some of the charging stations in the Apollo Program have been in place for five months now and early driver feedback has led to increased system reliability and improvements in communications between vehicles and the charging stations.
"We've received invaluable and candid feedback from our partners, and armed with that feedback, we have now set our sights on releasing an upgraded and refined production product as early as January 2013," said Rebecca Hough, Evatran's chief operating officer. Evatran is working to incorporate these enhancements into its production Plugless Power residential charging station.
Google has been involved in first-generation wireless charging at its campus since March 2011. LADWP's installation is part of the Garage of the Future initiative, and integrates with solar panels, energy storage batteries and other types of EV charging in downtown Los Angeles.
Google and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power join Evatran's Apollo Program, the first Program to test and demonstrate wireless charging capability for passenger vehicles
Plugless Power wireless charging prototype installation at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
WYTHEVILLE, Va., Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Evatran has successfully completed two additional installations of its Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging technology as part of the Company's Apollo Launch Program. A new system installed at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and a second Plugless Power installation at Google, join existing installations at the Hertz Corporation, Duke Energy, and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C. These installations, on Nissan LEAF vehicles, represent the first passenger electric vehicles in the world with full wireless charging capability.
Systems have now been installed at some locations for as long as five months. Drivers at the installation locations have been trialing the wireless charging systems in place of conventional plug-in recharging, and will continue to test the systems throughout the coming months. The Apollo Launch Program, kicked-off in early 2012, follows commercial partners as they trial wireless charging technology installed on their own Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF vehicles, in a variety of real-world applications. The second phase of the Program, with announced participant SPX Service Solutions, kicks off in the beginning of 2013.
Rebecca Hough, Evatran's Chief Operating Officer, commented, "This is another exciting milestone for our Company. Our team has worked tirelessly for the past year to develop the current prototypes being installed in the field through our Apollo Program. We've received invaluable and candid feedback from our partners, and armed with that feedback, we have now set our sights on releasing an upgraded and refined production product as early as January 2013."
This Google installation adds to the first generation wireless charging system Evatran installed at the campus in March of 2011. The LADWP installation is part of the Garage of the Future initiative and is showcased with solar panels, energy storage batteries, and other types of EV charging equipment in downtown Los Angeles.
Feedback collected from partners thus far has led to increased system reliability, enhanced visual driver communication, and improved communications between vehicle and charging station components. Evatran is working to incorporate these enhancements into its production Plugless Power residential charging station, available starting in first quarter 2013. This production offering will be the first wireless charging product available to individual Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt owners.
Evatran is now accepting partners for the second phase of the Apollo Program set to launch in the next four months. Partners must have Nissan LEAF or Chevrolet Volt vehicles in their fleet and be willing to drive the equipped vehicles on a daily basis. For more information on the wireless charging prototypes installed through the Apollo Launch Program, please visit www.pluglesspower.com.
Plugless Power™, developed 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 wireless technology. In addition to aftermarket distribution, Evatran is currently working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs. The company signed an installation agreement with Sears Home Services in December 2011 to support the installation of Plugless Power systems nationwide. The Apollo Launch Program, an initiative started by Evatran in 2012, follows industry leaders such as Duke Energy, Clemson University, Google, SPX, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Hertz, as they trial the Plugless Power technology on their own EVs. To learn more about Plugless Power or to reserve a wireless charging system for your own EV, visit www.pluglesspower.com.