New York City locals will likely snicker at the thought of unusual stuff going on in Washington Square Park, but one company is proposing something unusual that would actually be a positive thing. And legal.

New York-based Hevo Power is proposing using manhole covers as wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, and tells Wired it'll start running a pilot program in Washington Square Park next year. Hevo is proposing a system that would use "resonance" charging, as opposed to the inductive charging systems that are de rigueur for many other wireless charging systems. With resonance charging, electricity is conducted not through an electromagnetic field but through resonance at a specific frequency, which Hevo says is more efficient than induction and can charge EVs faster.

Hevo says its Level 2 charging system will have three parts: an in-street power station (i.e., the part that looks like a manhole cover), an on-board receiver and a smartphone app that can be used to locate the system and start the charging process. Hevo says it has signed up New York University and its fleet of Smart Fortwo electric vehicles for the demonstration program and is talking to companies such as PepsiCo and Walgreens for broader, fleetwide charging systems.


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      Rotation
      • 7 Days Ago
      The statement on what resonance charging is is incorrect. It does transmit energy through EMF. Although there is a little bit of something to it, mostly resonance charging is just marketing. Marketing people know inductive charging has a bad name in big power applications and so they are trying to rename it.
      Ricardo Gozinya
      • 7 Days Ago
      Wireless charging has to be one of the dumbest use of resources. In regards to EVs, there's a lot better areas to invest those research dollars. Better, cheaper batteries, energy efficiency, improved motors, regen capabilities, even transmissions (Yes, EVs have them, even if they are mostly fixed gear.) Wireless charging is a solution to a problem that nobody has.
        Marcopolo
        • 7 Days Ago
        @Ricardo Gozinya
        @ Ricardo Gozinya Yep, there is always someone who despises anything convenient or easier. No doubt when the first 1913 Cadillac La Salle was released with the first electric self-starter, there was a hardy curmudgeon like you, standing in the crowd, shaking his head disapprovingly, while exclaiming to fellow spectators, " Disgraceful decadence ! It'll never catch on, a real man crank's a car to start ! ". But for the rest of us decadent EV owners (and more importantly future owners) , wireless charging will be accepted as a major improvement. But you can still crank your car, use hand signals, double clutch your non-syncromesh, manual transmission, without air-conditioning, if you can still find such a vehicle outside of a museum !
        Letstakeawalk
        • 7 Days Ago
        @Ricardo Gozinya
        More correctly, wireless charging is a great solution to remedying the increasingly cluttered pedestrian sidewalks while also providing hassle-free charging of EVs.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 7 Days Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          Because putting a plug into a socket is such a huge hassle? Meanwhile, your wireless charging will make the already too heavy EV even heavier, as well as more expensive.
      BipDBo
      • 7 Days Ago
      Are they also going to install a traditional cable since very few EVs are currently equipped with wireless charging capability. Otherwise, this looks like a recipe for a parking spot that will never be used. That might not go over well in NYC.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 7 Days Ago
        @BipDBo
        People who want to take advantage of wireless infrastructure can have the capability added to their cars.
          BipDBo
          • 7 Days Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          And everyone else, including most EV owners, will be pissed when they can't find a spot yet this one remains empty.
        The Wasp
        • 7 Days Ago
        @BipDBo
        The spot will get used -- just not by an EV. And if someone does have the courtesy to avoid the spot, they'll just double park in the lane of traffic next to it. I hate that here in NYC.
      Marcopolo
      • 7 Days Ago
      Possibly a little far out thinking, but interestingly innovative. ! Wireless charging systems will be a big asset in popularizing EV adoption. Like every innovation based on convenience, there will be some hardy curmudgeons who will object, but very few.