Evatran Gets DOE Approval to Install Wireless Charging Technology in 6 Production Electric Vehicles

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 9

Evatran Plugless Power System

Evatran Plugless Power System

Wireless charging solutions firm Evatran has teamed up with Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) to make wireless charging a reality for production plug-in vehicles.

Evatran Wireless On-Ground Charging System

Evatran Wireless On-Ground Charging System

Under DOE Project, “Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) and Charging of Plug-In Electric Vehicles,” Evatran was awarded a three-year contract, which will culminate with the install of wireless charging technology in six production vehicles.

The three-year project, which actually kicked off back in October 2012, focuses solely on the incorporation of wireless charging technology into today’s plug-in vehicles.

The project is currently in its first year, which is more a less a research and development stage for Evatran, developer of the Plugless Power electric vehicle inductive recharging system shown above and to the right.

In year two, Evatran will integrate 6.6 kW and 10 kW systems into six production electric vehicles.  Then, in its third and final year, the wireless charging project will put those vehicles on the road for limited field trials. The field trials will focus only on stationary charging systems, but Evatran will show that on-the-move charging is possible, too.

Evatran is currently working with several undisclosed and some known automotive manufacturers to integrate its Plugless Power technology into mass-market production electric vehicles by 2015.

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9 responses to "Evatran Gets DOE Approval to Install Wireless Charging Technology in 6 Production Electric Vehicles"

  1. Brian says:

    What car is that supposed to be a profile of? I know that it’s supposedly an EV, but I swear it looks like my gen2 Honda Insight from the side.

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      They will have aftermarket upgrades for the Volt and Leaf.

      My Volt was in this video:

      1. Brian says:

        That’s great news, although I doubt I will upgrade my Leaf. Plugging in just isn’t that hard.

        But that doesn’t really answer my question, as the car picture in the profile shot is neither a Volt nor a Leaf. I’m guessing that it’s a generic “green car” profile rather than a specific model, but I can’t get over how much it looks like a Honda Insight, which makes no sense to me. It’s definitely not a Prius, either.

        1. Alex says:

          It looks like an Insight to me, and the car in the other pic looks like a Fiat 500. I should know on the latter, I have a red 500 Sport and that front bumper looks really familiar…

  2. Suprise Cat says:

    What efficiency has their system?

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      Last time I talked to them, the retail system is estimated to be around 92% efficient. When the system is produced by OEMs it will be even more efficient than the current aftermarket upgrade.

      http://www.pluglesspower.com/questions-answers/technical-specifications/efficiency/

  3. kdawg says:

    Faster please.

    (and wow 10kW)

    1. bloggin says:

      Tesla Model S has a built in 10kW charger, so I am sure the 10kW version is for Tesla.

  4. BlindGuy says:

    I hope I live long enough to see charging as you drive down the EVway. By then, who knows, I might be in the driver’s seat as well.