Plugless Accepting Reservations For 7.2 kW Wireless Charging System For Tesla Model S

1 year ago by Mark Kane 36

Evatran PLUGLESS Wireless Charging System

Evatran PLUGLESS Wireless Charging System

Plugless 7.2 kW Wireless Charger for Tesla Model S - Reservation

Plugless 7.2 kW Wireless Charger for Tesla Model S – Reservation

Evatran intends to expand its Plugless wireless charging systems to include the Tesla Model S (after Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR).

There is no announcement, but the company website shows now a 7.2 kW adapter for the Tesla Model S, which should be available in Spring 2016.

Evatran accepts reservation with a $244 refundable deposit. The price of the system hasn’t been announced yet.

PluglessSteve (an employee of Plugless) posted this info on Tesla Motors Club forum yesterday (February 18th):

“…earlier this week we opened early reservations for Plugless 7.2kW hands-free charging to Tesla owners who had previously asked us about Plugless for Tesla. These Tesla owners had learned about our 1st generation 3.3kW system for the Leaf, Volt and ELR. We expect to begin shipping Tesla 7.2kW units in April for RWD models and then later in the year for D “AWD” models.”

Pricing for 3.3 kW “complete wireless charging system” (if there is no need for special installation) stands at:

  • $1,260 – Chevrolet Volt
  • $1,540 – Nissan LEAF
  • $1,940 – Cadillac ELR

7.2 kW for Tesla suggests that the price will be higher than the 3.3 kW units, but with nearly 70,000 Model S in North America, even if a small share of consumers go wireless, that would translate to significant bump for Evatran’s business.

7.2 kW is less than a single on-board charger in a Tesla Model S is capable, but still could be enough for daily overnight charging and the added wireless convenience is especially useful now that you can Summon a Model S.

Details on Plugless for Tesla Model S:

Proven technology helps you get more from your Model S

Plugless has provided 450,000+ charging hours to everyday EV owners across the USA and Canada. Make life with your Tesla even more convenient and reliable — and your charging system as smart as your EV.

NOTE: Plugless is not yet available for Tesla Roadster, Model X or Model 3. Our engineers are hard at work to bring Plugless to all Tesla models. Tell us which model should go Plugless next.

Commitment to Satisfaction

  • 3-year warranty on all Tesla Model S Plugless Systems
  • 45-Day Any Reason Return Period after installation, including shipping both ways. We know you’ll love Plugless, so we’re happy to take the risk

Park-and-Forget Charging

  • No plugging in, no forgetting
  • Efficient hands-free wireless charging every time you park
  • Enables fully autonomous charging for your Tesla
  • Fast 7.2kW wireless electric vehicle charging system
  • That’s 20 miles of range for every hour of charging

Intuitive to Use

  • Intuitive parking guidance display makes charging as easy as parking your car
  • Doesn’t change anything about your ability to plug in
  • Works without changing Tesla systems or software — you’ll forget it’s there

Easy to Install

  • Plugs into any dedicated 50Amp circuit near your parking space
  • Or you can choose to have your electrician hardwire into your home electrical (required for outdoor use)
  • Vehicle Adapter installed by our network of certified technicians — at no cost to you

Built to Last

  • Rugged all-weather materials 
  • Materials rated for 8+ year indoor or outdoor use
  • Performs well across wide temperature range: 0° to 122°F (–18° to 50°C)

Charging Times

  • For 20 miles of range: ~1 hr
  • From empty to full: ~8 hrs for Model S60 | ~10 hrs for Model S70 | ~12 hrs for Model S85
  • Same charging time as a 7.2kW Level 2 corded charger

via PluglessSteve on TeslaMotorsClub Forum

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36 responses to "Plugless Accepting Reservations For 7.2 kW Wireless Charging System For Tesla Model S"

  1. Driverguy01 says:

    Bravo to the Evatran team for this release.
    Now, i can be sure that when i get my Tesla to replace my 2012 Plugless Volt, it will be equiped with the Plugless System from day one with a charging rate vastly sufficient for everyday use while keeping the ability to plug at superchargers if needed.
    Of course, this System now gives ths summon feature the missing link it badly needed.

  2. scott franco says:

    Errr, what? They offer a braindamaged 3.3kW charger for other cars, but a 7.2kW carger for Tesla ONLY?

    Me confused.

    1. Driverguy01 says:

      Wow, it does not take long for the neysayers to jump on the news now does it?
      3.3Kw IS sufficient for an everyday overnight charge. Why would that confuse you?
      What good would a 7.7kW system be for my Volt?
      This system rocks!

      1. MikeM says:

        Yes! Agreed!

        My Leaf charges overnight generally for a maximum of 2 hours on 6.6kW.
        This for regular round town usage, which is most of it!
        4 hours at 3.3kW wireless would be zero problem compared to its advantages.

        So why no Plugless/Evatran for me? A Leaf that’s one year away from lease turn-in and no decision on what replaces it – that’s why.
        If it’s a Model3, it’ll be a purchase and wireless charging will be a contender.
        I’m sure I’m not alone in this general kind of thinking.

        Evatran deserves a lot of respect for being there early. I just hope they can hang in while the EV market stabilizes around decent battery size and a resulting improvement in the purchase-to-lease ratio (Hint – Tesla Model 3).

      2. jerryd says:

        diverguy, it rocks both your pocketbook and your electric bill costing 15% more in electric losses instead of plugging in.
        I and most people buy EV’s because they use little power and increasing your power needs 15% along with paying big bucks to replace a cord isn’t a very good idea.
        If one wants such a automatic plug of many types including Tesla’s snake can be done with little losses and costs
        comparatively.

      3. scott franco says:

        Ahhh, so this charger gives HALF the charge rate of my wired charger, at TWICE the cost, and they just introduced a better one for Teslas only, but I am the one with the bad attitude….

  3. Dragon says:

    Terrible. Plugless is a step backwards in getting off fossil fuel. It wastes power in wireless transmission to save 30 seconds of plugging.

    1. Driverguy01 says:

      So does many things we use, waste is part of any transformation.
      Maybe the tree in front of you hides the forest?
      What if the plug is a factor that slows EV adoption?
      Convenience has a price and in my case, it’s about a dime a day for energy loss, $50 a year to not having to plug in the car. how is that unreasonnable?

    2. gsned57 says:

      The number of folks on the fence about EV’s convinced that it is more convenient after seeing a product like this more than makes up for the 3% wasted nuclear, gas, coal, solar, and wind. The convenience of this system fantastic.

    3. jmac says:

      Plugless will be hugely convenient as people can park over chargers while shopping or engaged in other activities such as work, concerts, football stadium.

      My figures show wireless charging to cost between $30-50 dollars more than plugging in per year for a car going 15,000 miles per year. That certainly seems reasonable. Heck, I spend way more than $30.00 at coffee and snack machines every year.

      1. Rick Danger says:

        Wireless charging also eliminates the problem of where on the car the plug goes. Most EVs have them in the wrong place for my situation. The only place that works for every car and every driveway/garage is underneath.

    4. Josh says:

      I don’t see the value in this for home charging right now, but the technology is worth developing.

      In a future with self-driving EVs, wireless charging would be an ideal public charging solution.

      1. mike w says:

        I do see a lot of value. My wife refuses to plug our EV in. she tells me to do it. with this system she can recharge without doing anything. I guess each persons situation is different. I have no problem plugging in and saving the 15% but not everybody feels that way.

    5. Exactly what I was thinking. What is the point?

      And it won’t be good in the winter with snow on the ground.

  4. Bill Howland says:

    Ok, well this is an improvement as far as the Utility will be concerned. They’ve gone from a 6 kva, 3.3 kw unit to a 9.6 kva (max) 7.2 kw unit. This is suggested by legally running with a 40 amp draw. Of course, the old 3.3 unit could use at least 28 amps, and they suggested a 30 amp circuit, which is technically a no-no since its running for over 3 hours.

    But, say they’re pulling the same game as the old one and are drawing actually 11 kva to get a 7.2 kw output. Its still a big improvement.

    So congratulations to the ‘hard-working engineers’ who are making incremental improvements.

    For Leaf owners wondering when they can have something, PLUGLESS probably expects huge numbers of Tesla owners to go for this, since it is another creature comfort for Luxury EV buyers, (even though Tesla doesn’t consider it so). Leaf’s will probably be next after all the Tesla demand is satisfied.

    1. Driverguy01 says:

      Bill, once the system is available, i’m pretty sure they will have a version for the Leaf at the same charging rate, why would they not?
      As for your numbers, they are probably right on the nose, except you fail to mention the numbers are for peak, not average. No way a breaker would fail in those conditions and i doubt Evatran would dare to sell a system that is not approved.

      1. Bill Howland says:

        Why would they not? Overwhelming demand from “S” owners. We lowly Volt owners suffer with plugging our cars in, and only some volt, elr, and leaf owners bothered purchasing a Plugless unit.

        But the “S” has more credo amoungst the electric car community (or, at least it is in vogue to think so), so I’m sure they’ll sell a much higher percentage of them to S owners.

        People used to criticize me for not spending $1500 for an ‘approved’ UNIVERSAL MOBILE CONNECTOR, ( I bought an adapter, fixed 2 big problems with the square d schneider electric 30 amp charger – no thanks to square d – my distributor was LIVID at them), since it was said it was such a small percentage of the purchase price of the car. Turns out I’m glad I didn’t because the things constantly burned out. Tesla techs had 6-10 of the things in their trucks because of that. There has been talk by Tesla Techs for years to replace the TSL-01 connector on the Roadster with the “S” connector so that way they can finally be done with the failure-prone UMC’s, which I’m told, even considering the high price, the profit margin on them for Tesla is low.

        The point is, say Plugless charges $4500 for the 7200 watt charger. Compared to the avg $115k purchase price, its nothing, and besides, its an ego trip thing, besides the many people in the demographic that have arthritis and NEED a plugless solution.

        Yes its ‘approved’, but what they did in the past cannot be denied. I said I’m perfectly happy to date with what they’ve come up with. If I find more information in the future, I’ll be sure to talk about that too.

  5. Mister G says:

    I just paid $401 for a GE Durastation and $200 for installation cost…I don’t need wireless charging.

  6. Vexar says:

    Unless there’s a receptacle already in my Model S, this seems like a fantastic way to void the manufacturer’s warranty, in the name of convenience. I’d rather see this technology natively introduced to vehicles. Kudos to those brave enough to support this business, I hope it leads to a standard. Quick health question: how much RF radiation is this going to produce?

    1. Bill Howland says:

      Haha, every time I leave a comment on health I’m attacked, hehe.

      I’d say you are safe if you only spend a few seconds in the garage, and are mostly in the house when it is charging. People will jump on me for even saying that.

      The radiated power of the old unit was rather low, until the car was over the floor pad. I expect the larger unit to work similiarly.

  7. Josh says:

    Congrats to Evatran on the improvement of the technology and the timing of this new product release.

    Summon + Plugless will probably be a hit with a certain % of Model S owners.

    Tesla’s snake charger is pretty cool, but I wouldn’t want to wait for that if I desired fully hands free Summon.

  8. Loboc says:

    Guys. It’s a gadget.

    Yep, it uses more power. Yep, it requires a custom installation. Yep, the initial cost is WAY more than a standard EVSE.

    BUT IT’S COOL!!

    /I’m getting one. Couldn’t swing it this Christmas, but…

    1. Driverguy01 says:

      Loboc, i’ve been reading your comments for years and i can’t wait to read about your feelings after a few months of use with this system. Your plug will probably, like mine, gather spiderwebs….

  9. kdawg says:

    With all of the stuff Tesla works on (see robotic snake impregnating Model S), you would think they would come up with their own wireless charging. Especially since Tesla the inventor was all about wireless power.

    1. TomArt says:

      Exactly – I have not been able to figure out why Tesla Motors has not put their considerable ingenuity into wireless charging – it’s the ideal solution!

      1. jerryd says:

        Tom, no SC, higher costs and 15% losses is why Tesla and all other smart EV people don’t.
        These have been available for 100 yrs, split transformers, but few have ever been bought, mostly for forklifts.

        1. Rick says:

          Suppose all the energy used to charge your Tesla is solar, would it matter if you lost 15% of it?

          1. james b. says:

            https://www.quora.com/How-energy-efficient-is-Qi-wireless-charging-compared-to-wired-charging

            I was reading elsewhere, 35% efficiency of wired was normal, 15% is very generous.

            I’m sure it varies with the distance and charger, so look at input vs. output.

  10. Three Electrics says:

    I will likely buy two of these–they reduce hassle, and will be a lifesaver in the rare instances when you would otherwise have forgotten to plug in your car the night before. There is a slight efficiently loss, but people trade efficiency for convenience all the time.

  11. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    I’m curious to see just where on the underside of the Model S they’re gonna install the pickup loop. I’m guessing probably forward of the battery pack? I would guess they wouldn’t want to reduce the ground clearance by putting it underneath the battery pack.

    * * * * *

    Yes, wireless charging is less efficient than plugging in. But the loss is only, what, 15% or so? Given the relatively cheap price of electricity, I think most EV owners will decide that’s well worth the cost for the convenience.

    Mind you, I’m not arguing it’s better. More energy used means more fossil fuel burned and more pollution emitted. I just think, realistically and in the long run, most people who are given the choice will choose wireless charging. It’s still better than burning gasoline!

    So I think the question is when, not if, Tesla will start offering factory installed wireless chargers on their cars.

  12. Bloggin says:

    Nice! And this has to be available for the Model 3 at launch.

    1. Get out of car at front door

    2. Car drives itself to the rear garage

    3. Opens the door and let’s itself in

    4. Docks itself over the charger and initiates charge

    Model 3 always fully charged and ready to go every morning.

    I think it’s amazing how easily it is we get used to entering/exiting our big fancy houses, from the back door into the garage. With AutoPilot the actual owner gets to use the grand entrance the way it should be.

  13. Bloggin says:

    I think that as EVs gain more range, the faster 7.2kWh charger would become necessary and standard. Or at least an upgrade option for all vehicles they offer the wireless charging for.

  14. Djoni says:

    If plugging is an effort for you, then everything is.
    Not that it doesn’t have advantage for disable or elder, but c’mon, I take way longer finding the right charger for my phone or Bluetooth appliance and plug them than with my car.

    https://youtu.be/STFWapwyqMo

  15. i’m reminded of when rolling suitcases became popular, but the tough guy pilots with big egos couldn’t be seen with such a bag. They were real man who carried their suitcase.

    Yes, you can plug in your own car. But, given the choice, I’ll be very happy to have the car charged without me fiddling with it every day.

    One question; do they intend to have the vehicle pick up in the same location on every car? In other words, if I have a LEAF, a Volt and a Tesla Model S (all plug less), will it matter which parking spots they will be in my garage.