We expect it was not difficult for Evatran to adapt the Plugless Power system to the ELR, since the vehicle's powertrain is so similar to the one in the Volt. The main problem we see is that Cadillac has only sold 390 ELRs (as of the end of June), so this first Plugless Power expansion isn't exactly going to ignite sales, even if every ELR owner opts for the cool tech. If one of the next two announcement is for the Tesla Model S, though, then you're talking numbers. Speaking of the future, what models do you think will be next?
The Plugless Power L2 wireless systems were recently declared safe by the Intertek and start at $2,470, not including installation or government incentives. All the online/smartphone connectivity features that work with the car when it's got a cord stuck in it work with the L2 system, Evatran says. Orders start today, and the ELR package will be available September 1. There's more, including a local news report on the technology, below.
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The Cadillac ELR Joins the Growing List of Compatible Electric Vehicle ("EV") Models
from Evatran, the World Leader in High-Power Wireless Charging
RICHMOND, VA July 28, 2014 – In an exciting statement today, Evatran Group, Inc. ("Evatran"), announced that its PLUGLESS wireless charging technology would soon be available on the Cadillac ELR. Evatran, the first Company in the world to make wireless charging available to individual EV drivers, currently has systems that are compatible with the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt. The Cadillac ELR is the first model to be announced in what is intended to be three new premium model announcements by the end of 2014. Evatran will begin accepting advanced orders today for deliveries as soon as September 1st.
"The launch of the Cadillac ELR system is an important milestone for us," commented Rebecca Hough, Evatran CEO and Co-Founder. "Our intention has always been to make convenient wireless charging available to all electric vehicle drivers. Until now, we've focused on perfecting the system for LEAF and Volt drivers. It's now time to shift our focus to expansion to more EV owners across the country and across the world."
The PLUGLESS L2 offers the ultimate in convenience and simplicity for today's electric vehicle driver. Completely eliminating the plug-in process, the PLUGLESS system ensures the EV owner is getting the maximum electric range out of his electric vehicle by ensuring that every time he parks, he's charging. The system charges as quickly as conventional corded systems and all vehicle features, such as charge-timers and phone applications, can be used seamlessly with the PLUGLESS system. The system also has the industry's only safety certification from Electronic Testing Laboratories (ETL).
After two years of field trials with partners such as Google, Hertz, and Duke Energy, the PLUGLESS System was made available to individual Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt owners in early 2014. Evatran has since completed installations from Montreal to Austin to Los Angeles and has on-boarded over 30 certified installation partners in the process.
To learn more or to order a system for your own electric vehicle, visit www.pluglesspower.com.
The PLUGLESS™ Level 2 EV Charging System, 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. The Company is currently working with Oak Ridge National Lab on a three-year Department of Energy grant to integrate high power wireless charging technology into production electric vehicles. After installing over 30 trial systems with partners across the country including Google, Duke Energy, and Hertz, Evatran launched the PLUGLESS System to individual EV drivers in early 2014. To learn more about PLUGLESS L2 or to reserve a wireless charging system for your own EV, visit www.pluglesspower.com.