We first published a story about HEVO Power’s manhole-like wireless electric vehicle chargers back in October. As noted at the time, the first pilot of these wireless EV chargers rolls out this quarter (1st quarter of 2014) in New York City, where HEVO Power is based. HEVO Power landed a contract with the Department of Public Safety at New York University (NYU) to install two EV chargers for the department’s security vehicles.
“The project, funded by a grant from the NYU Office of Sustainability, is the company’s first contract, although according to the company, many other government and commercial organizations have also expressed interest. HEVO received $55,000 seed funding in June 2013, a “green grant” from NYU in August, according to Clean Tech IQ, and another $30,000 seed funding in September,” Government Technology writes.
Aside from NYU, HEVO Power already has contracts with Frito-Lay, NYC-based City Harvest, and interest from the Department of Defense, a major auto manufacturer, and other undisclosed companies.
“The Department of Defense (DoD) is going to have the single largest electric vehicle fleet in the world by the next couple years and they’re growing exponentially in that field because the lifetime cost matters,” HEVO Power CEO Jeremy McCool said. “The company has met with the DoD about using their technology to wirelessly charge buses used for troop transport around large installations, instead of the diesel buses they now use,” Government Technology adds.
Regarding the interested auto manufacturer, the website writes:
Field tests have proven that the monitoring system is effective, McCool said. “In fact, it worked so well that the vehicle manufacturer we worked with,” he said, “jumped on board and said they wanted to commercialize that technology with us and offer it as an option to their customers already even while we’re still in pilot phase.”
Despite still being at a rather early stage of development, HEVO Power is in discussions with city officials in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Miami, and Minneapolis. It is also in discussion with potential clients in Europe and Asia.
The creators of this technology must have a hard time getting a grip on the fast and strong interest in their technology. Wishing them the best of luck, and we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the company’s development. It might not compete with conventional EV charging in efficiency and cost, but it looks like it won’t have trouble finding a profitable niche, and perhaps the convenience and other benefits of wireless EV charging tech will make it more popular than some of us think is likely purely from an economics point of view.
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