Those 500 plug-in vehicle drivers will make up Evatran's new Preferred Customer Group, which will be a much larger group than the number of people we thought would be testing the device. Last time we spoke to Evatran, we heard that between 20 and 30 people would be using the system starting in January.
Members of the PCG won't actually get a zero bill from their uility. Instead, they'll get a rebate card worth $150, "which can be used to cover up to six months of electricity to recharge customers' vehicles" once the program ends. Evatran recently announced a partnership to install Plugless Power systems with Sears Home Services and Google is also testing Plugless Power. The technology, Evatran says, is over 90 percent efficient and "mimics" the J1772 standard without a cord. For more technical details, read this and this.
Evatran™, the developer of Plugless Power, is offering an incentive of up to 6 months of electric vehicle electricity to the first 500 customers to become part of its Preferred Customer Group
WYTHEVILLE, Va., Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Evatran today announced that it has opened its online Plugless Power product reservation system and is offering a $150 rebate card, which can be used to cover up to six months of electricity to recharge customers' vehicles, as an incentive to encourage advanced reservations. The Preferred Customer Group will allow Evatran to understand its focus areas for product rollout and follows the recent news of the installation partnership with Sears Home Services™. The incentive is open to the first 500 Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt reservations, and joining the Preferred Customer Group by reserving a system requires no upfront financial commitment.
The Plugless Power system allows a user to avoid the repetitive plug in and unplug process traditionally required by electric vehicle (EV) ownership. Instead, the recharging process involves a driver simply pulling into his regular parking space or garage. The wireless system automatically begins charging based on the vehicle's requirements, which are communicated to the charging station over a wireless interface that mimics the corded SAE J1772 standard.
To use the system, the user must have his EV equipped with a small vehicle adapter that is mounted on the undercarriage of the car and is wired directly into the vehicle's existing on-board battery charger. Although the vehicle is equipped for wireless charging, it retains its ability to recharge via corded options, as well. Retailers that will offer vehicle adapter installation services will be released in 2012.
No financial commitment is required for the reservation of a system, and the incentive will continue until the Preferred Customer Group reaches 500 Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt owners. The first 500 names on the reservation list will receive a rebate card for $150 – the average electricity cost per mile across the United States ($.03/mile) for an average six-month mileage rate of 5,000 miles. The Preferred Customers will receive their rebate card when they complete the purchase process for their Plugless Power system later in 2012.
"With our online product reservation system opened, we can support our customers' electric vehicle purchases by allowing them to reserve a convenient recharging system online," said Rebecca Hough, COO of Evatran. "Come 2012, we will begin filling these reservations and our customers will have the added convenience of sending us their electricity bill for the first six months."
Reservations for the wireless charging system will be filled starting in third quarter 2012 for Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt models. A specific geographic rollout plan will be announced later in 2012 based on responses to Evatran's reservation system.
For additional incentive details and restrictions, please visit the Plugless Power reservation system on the company's website.
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 hands-free technology. Utilizing inductive power transfer, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years, Plugless Power streamlines the charging of electric vehicles by eliminating the cord and the plug. In addition to aftermarket distribution, Evatran is currently working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs and signed a Joint Development Agreement with Yazaki North America, a major Tier 1 automotive supplier in May 2011. For more information, visit www.pluglesspower.com.