Plugless Power, an innovative EV charging station that uses hands-free, wireless inductive charging, has been installed at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California. Developed by Evatran, the charging stations are built into parking spaces to automatically charge the electric vehicle while it’s parked. This is the first public trial of the system. Google utilizes a variety of EVs to get around their campus and also provides them in their employee car sharing program.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m777IVhjGVA&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]
The obvious benefit of inductive charging is the convenience, but it is also safer as there is no risk of electric shock. However, a certain amount of efficiency is lost when transferring energy inductively. In general, this technology has an efficiency rate of 90% and according to Plugless Power, their system is expected to run at the same rate. An adapter that has been specifically designed for each EV model is retrofitted onto the vehicle. With Plugless Power, Evatran wants to play a part in developing an infrastructure of convenient EV charging stations which they believe is the key to widespread acceptance of electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, Google will do it’s part in aiding electrified motorists by adding EV charging stations to Google Maps. The feature is a more user-friendly way of getting finding the locations of over 600 EV charging stations across the country. The information will be continuously be updated via the U.S. Department of Energy.