Bosch Now Taking Orders for Evatran’s Plugless Level 2 Charging System; First Commercially Available Wireless Charger

JUN 10 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

Bosch Automotive Service Solutions just announced the signing of an exclusive distribution and installation deal with Evatran to offer the Plugless Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging System.  This is claimed to be the “first commercially available wireless system.”

Plugless Wireless Unit

Plugless Wireless Unit

Bosch announced financing options for all of its charging stations and associated installation fees.

Financing options are:

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.

We’ve tried to hunt down exact pricing for the Plugless system, but have only been able to come up with this:

“Evatran has not released final pricing on the Plugless Power wireless recharging system. Price targets for the system fall under $3,000 for all necessary equipment, which makes the technology competitive with traditional Level II corded infrastructure options.”

Update: And now, thanks to commenter MTN Ranger, we’ve been able to add this:

#EL-51339 (Volt) $2,998.00 or EL-51340 (LEAF )$3,098.00, price listed in USD and does not include applicable taxes, shipping, or installation of the parking pad and control panel and is subject to change without notice. Price listed includes vehicle adapter basic installation.

In addition to Evatran’s Plugless system, Bosch offers the Power Max Level 2 home charging stations.

Bosch says that it’ll “provide the complete installation solution for the Plugless L2 System. A Bosch-certified electrician will install the home infrastructure portion of the system, and Bosch Car Service centers will install the on-vehicle components.

Plugless

Plugless

The Plugless Level 2 charger includes these components:

  • Vehicle Adapter: Installed on the undercarriage of the user’s EV
  • Control Panel: A wall-mounted enclosure that provides alignment guidance and diagnostic information, in addition to traditional charging station functions
  • Parking Pad: A floor-mounted wireless charging transmitter

Bosch says it has “Trained Vehicle Charging Advisors” who will do all this:

“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.”

Bosch is already taking orders for the Plugless system and will ship units to the first batch of customers in mid- to late July.

Technical specs below:

Plug-In:  No
Hardwired:  Yes
Cord Length:  N/A
Dimensions:  Parking Pad: 22″L x 18″ W x 2.5″ D; Control Panel 19.25″L x 9.75″W x 5″D
Amperage:  Dedicated 30A breaker
Voltage: 208 VAC- 240 VAC
Input/Output Power: 3.6kW / 3.3 kW
Input Current:  N/A
Breaker Size: 30 Amps
Connector/Cable: N/A
Mounting: Wall mount or pedestal
Weight: 35 lbs for all components
Temperature Rating:  -18°C to 50°C (-0°F to 122°F)
Enclosure: NEMA Type 3R/4; indoor/outdoor rated
Warranty:  1 year

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17 Comments on "Bosch Now Taking Orders for Evatran’s Plugless Level 2 Charging System; First Commercially Available Wireless Charger"

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What rate does it charge at?
How much weight does it add to your car?
It is sealed (IP67) and rated for outdoor use?

It currently charges at 3.3kW. 6.6kW is also capable in the future (they told me it wasn’t a big deal).

The pricing info is right on their website. http://www.pluginnow.com/plugless

Volt $2,998
Leaf $3,098

#EL-51339 (Volt) $2,998.00 or EL-51340 (LEAF )$3,098.00, price listed in USD and does not include applicable taxes, shipping, or installation of the parking pad and control panel and is subject to change without notice. Price listed includes vehicle adapter basic installation.

Thanks for the add’l info. We’ve added that pricing info to the post.

I don’t really see much use for this in a home setting. However, I could see how it might address several issues with public charging. Everything from being plug-jacked, to preventing copper thieves from vandalizing charging stations.

While I personally wouldn’t spend the extra dough on this, I can see the appeal for some with extra cash to burn. It’s one less thing to do when you get home – just park and forget. Owning an EV is already more convenient than an ICE, but with this it could be more convenient still.

Would prevent things such as forgetting to charge, or forgetting to shut your charge port door, or trying to plug in in the dark. If you Volt is parked outside, you don’t have to deal w/a wet/dirty/snowy cord. Less work for older folks. Don’t have to worry which side the charge port is on vs. cord location.

The convenience of this sounds great.

I’m curious about the efficiency relative to charging via a direct connection.

Also, durability of the charging pad … in case it gets stepped on or run over. It probably also needs to be water-proof to handle melting snow boogers.

These things look so tiny, seems like if you can get 6.6kW through them, just increase the area of the pad by 5 x and now you have a 33kW charger. Or go even bigger yet, not sure what the limitations are, other than the area of the underside of the car and inferences. If amp draw is too much, split it up into multiple pads.

Just thinking, for every light you are sitting at for 1 minute, you could get 1/2 kWh. That would be enough to drive another 2 miles.

Or put them in drive-thrus (or car washes?)…. you get the idea

inferences = interferences

I think you lose about 5-10% efficiency verses a regular charger…

MrEnergyCzar

True so I will stick with pluging in,
but I can see the convenience factor for some people.

In case you will have flat tariff charging during night offpeak hours those losses could generate zero extra cost on your electrical bill. You just have properly set charging timing. Cord and plug tear and wear shall be taken into account. Charging outside garage would become more convinient and hazard lesser risk to you and to your young kids.

I do expect this shall become standard feature for Cadilac ELR.

This is really extraodinary news for vehicle electrification fans.

Would be good to know how much cost wall/pavement part and onboard part separately in case someone likes installing two chargers at different locations.

So do you lose the ability to charge with a cord once installed? That would effectively eliminate your ability to charge at public stations.

The system allows auto switching between wired and wireless charging.

Nice.

Does anyone know
1. Opertaing frequency of this system?
2. Is there any coexistence issue with keyless entry system?