Published on September 21st, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill0
Google and LA Department of Water & Power Gain Wireless EV Charging
Plugless Power is the wireless electric vehicle charging system developed by Evatran and currently being trialled at a variety of locations in the US, including two new installations at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) and at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.
Evatran announced the completed installations on Monday, bringing the total number of locations with Plugless Power wireless charging up to five. The installations provide wireless charging technology for Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf vehicles. Some systems have been in place for over five months now, as part of the Apollo Launch Program which was kicked off earlier this year.
“This is another exciting milestone for our Company,” said Rebecca Hough, Evatran’s Chief Operating Officer. ”Our team has worked tirelessly for the past year to develop the current prototypes being installed in the field through our Apollo Program. We’ve received invaluable and candid feedback from our partners, and armed with that feedback, we have now set our sights on releasing an upgraded and refined production product as early as January 2013.”
The Google installation upgrades previous first generation technology already installed at the Google Campus, and the LADWP installation is part of the Garage of the Future initiative, showcased alongside solar panels, energy storage batteries, and other types of EV charging equipment in downtown LA.
Feedback from the various companies involved in this initial trial period has led to “increased system reliability, enhanced visual driver communication, and improved communications between vehicle and charging station components,” according to Evatran.
Evatran is now working to incorporate these enhancements into its Plugless Power residential charging station, which will be the focus of the second phase of the Apollo Launch Program, set to kick off early 2013.