Called the Plugless Wireless EV charger, the 240-volt station will be installed by Bosch and needs a specific adapter to be used with the Volt or the Leaf (the Leaf version costs $100 more). So, any two-EV families out there will need to pony up double if there's a Chevy and a Nissan in the garage. Of course, since the Plugless system only works with older Leafs (2010-2012 model years - but with any Volt), any late adopters will not be able to take advantage of the new technology, for now.
The wireless charger charges as quickly as conventional corded systems.
Evatran says the wireless charger "charges the Volt and Leaf 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." After the first 250 units, standard prices for the wireless chargers take effect again: $2,998 (Volt) and $3,098 (Leaf). Evatran says it will announce wireless chargers for additional vehicles and model years later this year.
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Evatran Group, Inc. ("Evatran"), in partnership with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, announced today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show that it is offering reduced promotional pricing to the first 250 customers who opt to Go PLUGLESS with their electric vehicle ("EV") experience. The PLUGLESS system offers a convenient, wireless charging alternative to the repetitive process of unplugging and plugging-in electric vehicles. The reduced pricing includes all charging hardware and is as much as a 30% discount off the system's standard MSRP. The discount is available only to the first 250 customers.
Initial shipments of the PLUGLESS system, the first wireless EV charging product in the world available to individual EV drivers, will begin in February 2014. The PLUGLESS system is currently compatible with all Chevrolet Volt model years and 2010 – 2012 Nissan LEAF model years. The Volt system will be offered at $1,998.00, and the LEAF system will be offered at $2,098.00 for the first 250 units. The system charges the Volt and LEAF 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. Additional vehicles and model years will be announced in early 2014.
"Since the beginning of our Company, we have focused on bringing this convenient charging technology to individual EV drivers," said Rebecca Hough, Evatran CEO and Co-Founder. "After years of trials with commercial and municipal partners including Google, Duke Energy, the City of Raleigh, and Hertz, we're excited to announce that the time has come. To celebrate our first shipments, we will be offering a 30% discount off the price of our PLUGLESS system to our initial 250 customers. This is an important day for the future of electric vehicles and we're proud to invite our first 250 customers to join us in making history."
The first 250 units, dedicated to this promotional program, will be delivered from February through May 2014, based on the customer's order processing date. Delivery quantities will be limited to this Program for the first five months of production and additional orders will be placed on a waiting list for delivery beginning in June 2014.
The PLUGLESS system includes a vehicle adapter, specific to each EV model, and a charging station that is installed in the user's garage or dedicated parking space. Bosch will provide comprehensive installation services.
In order to take advantage of this offer, interested customers can call Evatran at 877-805-3873 or visit www.pluglesspower.com to place an order.
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 DOE grant to integrate high power wireless charging technology into production electric vehicles. Evatran has signed an installation and distribution agreement with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions to support the installation of the PLUGLESS Level 2 EV Charging System nationwide and has installed over 30 trial systems with partners across the country including Google, Duke Energy, and Hertz. To learn more about PLUGLESS L2 or to reserve a wireless charging system for your own EV, visit www.pluglesspower.com.