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Published on January 7th, 2014 | by Nicholas Brown

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Bosch, Evatran Offer Discounts To Early Adopters Of Wireless Chargers

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January 7th, 2014 by
 
Bosch and Evatran are offering discounts to early adopters of their PLUGLESS™ wireless electric vehicle charging system. The first 250 customers can purchase the Chevy Volt system for $1,998, and the Nissan Leaf system for $2,098.

This wireless charging system is compatible with all Chevy Volt models, and the 2010–2012 Nissan Leaf models. Early this year, support for other models is likely to be released.

According to a news release on PR Newswire: This product line is to enable customers to avoid the “repetitive process” of plugging electric vehicles in and out. This is not really an issue — just takes seconds. However, these chargers are very convenient. An idea is to install them in the parking spaces at office buildings so that employees can drive home with a full charge every day, and without having countless cords scattered on the pavement. These could also be set up at car rental facilities so that electric rental cars can recharge automatically as soon as they are returned.

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“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.”

This system comes with an adapter for the specific vehicle it is meant to charge, and a charging station to be installed in the vehicle’s parking area. The first 250 units will be delivered from February through May 2014.

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Image Credit: Bosch (Plug In Now Website).

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  • Will E

    agree, in road charging with green electricity supply
    is a game changer for mobility,
    agree with you, have changed to 3 plus star coolers washing etc.

    I make electricity of the sunshine, make heat from cold air.
    no energy bills co2 free. I m still on the grid.
    they pay me for what is over and sell to them.

    nice

  • Will E

    Hello Bob
    there will be no 4 times 2 years and 7 from now
    there is a sense of change in the air

  • Will E

    transmission efficiency is not important, as the electricity comes from my solar.
    as I see this is for free. maybe you do not agree,
    but energy is free only the solar panels cost. and they cost less and less.
    as for wind, the wind energy is free, only the turbines cost, and less and less.
    as nukes and coal run for 60 years, wind turbines can turn for 60 years.
    who says they cannot.
    as for now I paid my solar and and transitioned to all electric.
    no more bills to pay.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Efficiency is important. You paid something for your panels. Buying a very inefficient refrigerator, for example, might mean that you would have to buy more panels.

      We need to get fossil fuels off our grids (and highways). The more efficient our vehicles and charging systems are, the quicker we get rid of fossil fuels.

      A 3% loss is pretty much nothing. We can live with that because it would likely mean a lot more people would move to EVs quicker for the convenience. We would waste about $1 worth of electricity per month.

      And a 15% loss for wireless while moving might be acceptable. It would mean we could drive EVs with fairly small batteries (50 mile range, for example) and use power from the road while on long trips. We’d waste less energy by not having to haul around larger batteries and save money by buying smaller batteries.

  • Steeple

    Can anyone comment on whether this process is as efficient a transmission process as a direct plug? If it isn’t, by how much?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Stationary wireless has tested out at as high as 97%.

      South Korea claims 85% for their ‘charging while moving’ technology.

      • Steeple

        Very impressive. Thanks, Bob.

  • Will E

    wireless chargers now in the road..
    charge while you drive.
    no need for overload of battery pack.
    a range of 150 km will do.
    a train can do, a car can do.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Other than the 15 mile stretch of bus route in South Korea, where?

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