Googlers have a few motorized options for getting around the Mountain View campus: tons of unlocked bicycles and small short range EVs. When it comes to charging the latter, Google is trying out a new system that does away with cords and plugs.
Google is the first customer to purchase the new wireless EV charging station from Virginia-based Plugless Power by Evatran. The system works by exchanging plug and cord for two wireless charging pads. Plugless Power works by inductive charging, a method that has been around for 100 years in electric transformers — similar to what you see in electric toothbrushes and on Powermat. All it requires from the EV is a “simple” retrofit for the car to get the wireless charging treatment.
Google plans to use this system on their many short-range EVs and for plug-in vehicles parked at employee car-share program parking spots. Not only will Google be lucky enough to get this technology; Evatran, Plugless Power’s developer, is planning to sell their system to automakers for easy EV charging in the mass market by 2012.
Developed by Evatran™, LLC, Plugless Power is based on inductive technology, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years, and streamlines the charging of electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids by eliminating the nuisance of the cord and the plug.
“We are thrilled to have our first public release of the Plugless Power technology installed at Google’s headquarters,” said Tom Hough, co-founder and CEO of Plugless Power. “The interest shown by Google and the cooperation we’ve received to retrofit their EV provides evidence that a simple, convenient charging process is needed for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”
Google has multiple low-speed electric vehicles for short-range travel around its campus and includes plug-in vehicles in its on-campus employee car-sharing program. The company will initially use the Plugless Power station to charge a retrofitted short-range electric vehicle. Google showed interest in testing the Plugless Power technology and understanding how its features could simplify the charging process for its plug-in EV fleet vehicles.
According to Hough, this first public installation is an important step in bringing the technology to commercial customers, and Evatran is actively seeking other fleet trial opportunities with corporations and municipalities to experience the Plugless Power technology in the third quarter of 2011. Most EV models are eligible for Plugless Power through a simple retrofit process. In addition to fleet distribution, Evatran is currently working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs by 2012.
For more information about Plugless Power’s unique technology, visit www.pluglesspower.com.
About Plugless Power
Plugless Power™ (www.pluglesspower.com), manufactured 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 hands-free, automatic technology. Utilizing inductive technology, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years, Plugless Power streamlines the charging of electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids by eliminating the nuisance of the cord and the plug. For more information, visit www.pluglesspower.com.