The 240-volt system, which so far is compatible with the Chevy Volt extended-range plug-in and Nissan Leaf battery-electric, uses inductive power and magnetic fields to transfer an electric charge to the vehicle's on-board adapter from a garage-floor pad. Evatran and Intertek say the system has been tested for more than 16,000 hours worth of charging and didn't have a single safety-related incident. Google was an early tester, first installing a trial system in 2011.
Evatran showed off its Plugless system, which is said to charge just as quickly as those with cords, at Las Vegas's Consumer Electronics Show in January and priced it at about $3,000. The company has also worked with entities such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research and has promised it would announce more plug-in vehicles that are compatible with the system later this year. While we wait for that, take a look at Intertek and Evatran's press release below.
Joins a prestigious family of products to carry the Intertek certification mark
DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world, today announces that the PLUGLESS L2 System manufactured by Evatran is the first wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system to carry the prestigious ETL certification mark.
"Because advanced charging technologies are critical for the evolvement of electric vehicle refuelling and EV adoption, it is a major achievement for Intertek to certify the first wireless charging station"
The PLUGLESS L2 System is currently available for both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf vehicles, and uses inductive power transfer through magnetic fields to transfer energy from a transmitting coil in the system's parking pad, which lies on the garage floor. Using the system's parking guidance feature, the driver parks his vehicle above the pad, which converts this energy into an electrical current that charges the EV. The PLUGLESS System has been in use with trial partners, including Google, Hertz and Duke Energy, for more than two years and has logged over 16,000 charging hours without a single safety incident.
The system charges the EV as quickly as a plug-in Level 2 (240v) station, which is approximately three hours for the Chevrolet Volt and eight hours for the Nissan Leaf. The PLUGLESS System allows the driver to continue using all standard EV charging features such as charge timers and remote status checks, and even allows the driver to continue plugging-in where wireless charging is not available.
"Because advanced charging technologies are critical for the evolvement of electric vehicle refuelling and EV adoption, it is a major achievement for Intertek to certify the first wireless charging station," said Tim Hubbard, Sr. VP of Intertek's Transportation Technologies Business Line. "Consumers will see the ETL certification mark on the PLUGLESS L2 System and feel confident that the product has met the relevant safety standards and will perform as promised."
The PLUGLESS L2 System was tested to UL 2594, and CSA C22.2 No. 280-13 the Standard for Safety for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, allowing it to carry the cETLus mark for the USA and Canada.
Rebecca Hough, Evatran's CEO and Co-Founder, added, "Safety has always been the first priority for the PLUGLESS system, so we are proud to have completed the required testing to carry the ETL mark. With this safety certification, we are able to offer our customers the most innovative charging system available with the highest confidence in safety and reliability."
The history of the ETL Mark began when Thomas Edison founded the first independent electrical testing laboratory in 1896, soon after to be named Electrical Testing Laboratory (ETL), to evaluate the quality and safety of his own inventions. Today, billions of ETL Marks appear on products across North America as evidence of compliance to product safety standards, including household appliances, consumer electronics, medical devices, life safety and, among many others, security products. The ETL Mark has become the premier product safety mark for global manufacturers concerned with safety and market entry of innovative technologies, such as Evatran's PLUGLESS L2 System.
Intertek, a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) through OSHA, is one of the world's largest and fastest growing testing and certification organizations. With over a century of testing and certification expertise, and 35 years of automotive testing experience, Evatran called on Intertek and its ETL Mark to ensure the PLUGLESS L2 System meets the most rigorous safety standards.
For more information on Intertek's ETL Mark and battery/component testing services, call 1-800-WORLDLAB (967-5352) or visit the website at www.intertek.com/battery.
For more information on the PLUGLESS L2 System, visit www.PLUGLESS.com.
Intertek is a leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide. From auditing and inspection, to testing, training, advisory, quality assurance and certification, Intertek adds value for its customers by helping improve the quality and safety of their products, assets and processes. With a network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 36,000 people in more than 100 countries, Intertek supports companies' success in the global marketplace, by helping customers to meet end users' expectations for safety, sustainability, performance, integrity and desirability in virtually any market worldwide. Visit www.intertek.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 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.PLUGLESS.com.