Imagine you’re on your way home after a busy and hectic day at the office. You’re making your way down the street leading up to your home in your Chevy Volt, which is in EV mode thanks to the charging station at work. It’s late, you’re tired, and dinner is in the back seat, the kids are waiting for your imminent arrival, and they’re hungry. As you pull into your garage, what’s the last thing on your mind?
Those who answered something to the effect of “plugging in the Volt” have probably been in this scenario before. Luckily, a company by the name of Evatran has something that promises to due away with the hassle of wired charging thanks to its Plugless Level 2 EV Charging System.
According to Evatran, the system is the “World’s First Wireless Charging System For Electric Vehicles” and doesn’t require the user to give anything up: it charges the electric car just as fast as when it’s plugged in and continues to utilizes all of the high-tech convenience features of an EV, such as setting the car’s charge schedule. Most impressive is that there are no user interaction points with the Plugless system: all the user needs to do is drive into the garage and park the car.
From what we could tell from Evatran’s website, the biggest reason behind the existence of the Plugless L2 charging system is powerful, yet simple: the necessity to plug in electric cars might actually inhibit their adoption. So the start-up has made the L2 system available for various electric vehicle models, including the Chevy Volt.
But what’s perhaps most important is that earlier this week, Bosch (yes, the Bosch) has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution and installation deal with Evatran to offer the Plugless Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging System — thereby taking it out of “vaporware” status.
How It Works
Once the Plugless L2 system has been installed, all the driver needs to do is pull into a parking space and let the system do its inductive charging thing… wirelessly: there are no cords to untangle and no plugging in whatsoever — making it a truly hands-free technology. As the driver pulls into the parking space, the wall-mounted Control Panel provides a guide over the Parking Pad. Once aligned, the EV begins charging automatically — making for a very convenient and reliable way to charge the EV.
The Plugless L2 System is made up of three components: the Vehicle Adapter, the Control Panel, and the Parking Pad.
- Specifically designed for each EV model, the Vehicle Adapter houses the receiving coil for the wireless charging process and is permanently installed underneath the vehicle.
- The Control Panel houses the electrical components of the station and is hard-wired to a dedicated 240V 30A circuit. This component supplies power to the Parking Pad and also provides parking guidance and charging status information to the driver. It is installed on the wall directly in front of where the EV user parks.
- The Parking Pad houses the transmitting portion of the system and is installed on the floor of the garage or parking space.
|Parking Pad Dimensions:
|Parking Pad: 22_L x 18_ W x 2.5_ D
|Control Panel Dimensions:
|Control Panel 19.25_L x 9.75_W x 5_D
|Dedicated 30A breaker
|208 VAC- 240 VAC
|3.6kW / 3.3 kW
|Wall mount or pedestal
|35 lbs for all components
|-18°C to 50°C (-0°F to 122°F)
|NEMA Type 3R/4; indoor/outdoor rated
According to Bosch, a “Trained Vehicle Charging Advisors” will: “walk customers through a free on-site estimate, installation and inspection, and provide ongoing support including finding money-saving rebates offered by utility companies, government or vehicle manufacturers. Bosch installation services include a 3-year limited product warranty, all permitting and even filing rebate paperwork for a vehicle owner.:
The Plugless L2 System (EL-51339) for the Chevy Volt retails for $2,998.00, not including taxes, shipping, or installation fees.
Financing options include:
- $0 down, same as cash loan with no monthly payments for 12 months if repaid in full in 12 months for charging stations with installations $1,000 and above.
- $0 down, 5-year 2.99% loan on charging stations with installations $3,500 and above.
Evatran/Bosch are now taking orders for the Plugless L2 charger, but the questions is, are you willing to throw down three large plus installation for a system to charge your EV? Do the financing options make it any more attractive? Sound off in the comments.
Hat tip to Thomas J. Thias on Twitter, whose Chevy Volt has roughly 17,000 miles on the odometer while having used a total of 18 gallons of gas.