Internet giant Google has become the first trial customer for a new wireless EV charging station.
Developed by Evatran, it’s the first system of its kind to offer consumers a simple way to charge their EVs with the ease of hands-free, automatic technology.
“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.”
It’s certainly more convenient than having to plug in your EV, but inductive charging isn’t as efficient. The company expects a less than 10% efficiency loss with wireless charging.
The charging station is made up of a parking block, a control tower that keeps track of whether a car is charging, and an adapter mounted to the vehicle. When an adapter-equipped car pulls up to the parking space, the block adjusts to align with the adapter and starts charging.
Currently, Google boasts several low speed electric vehicles for short-range travel around its campus with plug-in vehicles also included for its employee car-sharing programme.
Wired reports that a New Zealand startup Halo IPT is pursuing similar technology which would allow electric cars to charge while in motion.