First Plugless Power Installation In Canada – Video

JUN 28 2014 BY MARK KANE 40

Evatran PLUGLESS Wireless Charging System

Evatran PLUGLESS Wireless Charging System

Here is a video report on the first installation of a PLUGLESS wireless charging system in Quebec.

It contains unique photos from the installation process and video presenting how it really works in the case of a Chevrolet Volt user.

As it turns out, the driver…who made the video (Guy, also known as Driverguy01 around here in the comments – hat tip to you!) sees a light indicator and gets some sort of numerical score showing how well the vehicle is aligned, which might be useful in the beginning.

First Installation in Canada,Quebec.

Première installation au Canada, Québec.

For more info, turn on the subtitles / Pour plus d’information, activez les sous-titres”

Guy says of the system:

“I have this system and i would not go back to the plug, ever. No more than the gas station… unless I need it. People who reject this have no idea. It is the future, period.  I am so surprised a lot of EV pioneers think the plug will be the norm for a long time, that’s like saying wifi wont catch on because you get faster speeds when plugged.

The cost for the adapter install under the car is under 2 hours work at certified dealer.

Install at home will be a little bit more than regular L2, 3 holes to drill for induction pad placement and pairing of the car to the CP (maybe half an hour more).

Efficiency is about 85 to 89%, so for me, $50/year more…. i can afford that for not having to plug in with a smile!

Here is my video of my install:”

Guy also let us know you can also check out his full and more pictures here @ Time to Electrify!

…much thanks to Driverguy01!

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what’s. The music? Nice

“Sans regret” by Brigitte Boisjoli

great thanks alot.
very nice voice

Nice song and singer. She has some other tunes on You Tube.

Just drive over an inductive charger and juice up.

You will never have to get out in the rain and snow or 105 deg. heat to plug in. And of course, no more gas (hydrogen)stations ever.


People will get tired of jacking around with a bunch of cords. Imagine this: With inductive chargers everywhere you won’t have to make a special stop or get out of your car for fuel ever again.

It’s the future.

I think This Video was done by one of the frequent posters here that owns the Volt and lives in Canada. Mark K maybe you should give credit. (my apologies ahead of time if I’m wrong)

Hey George,

No you are right! Mark actually wrote this a story a couple days before Driverguy01 (Guy) commented in the past 24 hours that he had made a video – didn’t connect the dots at all until this AM…just one of those weird coincidences. I added in Guy’s comments to the story now.

Much thanks to him!

…and if anyone else has made some sweet videos like this…shoot them the heck over to us already, (=

I wasn’t wrong??
How unusual!!

George, you should wear this. 🙂


But engineers do disagree…

So which one is wrong? =)

Actually, they are usually both right. =)

Thanks for fast update Jay 🙂

The whole story (in french) has originally posted June 16, 2014 This came out not long after.

I did typo in my name :)) Need a strong coffee!

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/fixed…the people have to know you, 🙂
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when i read the story i didn’t understand why the maker of the video was making such a big deal over plugless recharging. from the video i see that he apparently doesn’t have a garage, so i presume that plugless recharging provides some measure of convenience. that said, it is hard to understand why the video maker seems to feel so strongly about plugless rechargng such that he would declare that he would “never” go back to using a plug.

it would seem to me that the level of efficiency that you realize from plugless recharging is dependent upon how accurately you line up the transmitter on the ground and the receiver in the car. it didn’t look like the transmitter was anchored to the driveway, so i guess you could move the thing around to line up according to where you parked the car. or better yet, just accept the efficiency that you get by leaving the thing in place.

Actually, as long as the green circle lights up, you are good to go, and as you can see in the video, you get a parking score when you park and the efficiency difference between a high and low score in only 2%. And the pad is held in place with 3 pins on the ground and remains removable at all times. the pins are just there in case of roll over.

Well, thank you Guys, Marc, Jay, George S for the nice comments, it makes me feel proud. As some of you know, back in Jan. 2011, i put a deposit on a brand new Volt without ever seeing the car in real life. Then, a motorcycle accident in May 2011 resulted in very weak legs, and after months and months of rehabilitations; the need for canes to walk was the end result. Nothing was going to stop me from getting my Volt. I delayed it a few months and was happy to hear about the introduction of a mid-year color, Topaz Blue, and the car was ordered. In the winter, i found myself struggling with the plug when ice was on the ground and then Evatran made the news here on insideevs and about their Plugless System. I wanted that system. So i wrote an email to the company. I don’t think Canada was in the plans yet for Evatran, but i like to think my letter changed that. Thanks to Rebecca Hough, Evatran’s CEO, they decided to go ahead and sell me the system. This implied having to fly down here to train the Volt teck at Bourgeois… Read more »

No we thank you…and for the back story as well, (=

I added your story link into the main article as well because there lots more good stuff there!

At your service Jay!;)

Great video. I found it earlier. Nice that we have you on board @ IEVs.

My whole life sometimes seems like one gigantic typographical error.

With that in mind, should the phrase: “No thank you.” be more correctly rendered: “No, I should thank you and for your back story as well.”

Eh… ??

In regard to the subject of inductive charging, let me say that inductive charging gives electric cars an insurmountable advantage in convenience over gasoline, CNG or hydrogen.

In the future, people will regard trips to the gas/hydrogen/CNG station as something out of the stone-age.

i don’t understand this “insurmountable advantage” assertion; are you saying that the advantage is that you don’t have to handle a dispenser nozzle with plugless charging? if that were such a big deal, people would demand a return to full service gasoline stations. the reason why full service gasoline stations went away is because people weren’t willing to pay extra to have someone else to pump gas for them.

the energy density of gasoline vs batteries is such that gasoline isn’t going away in the foreseeable future. that’s the beauty of the Volt, it lets you substantially reduce gasoline usage while taking advantage of the flexibility of gasoline propulsion to let you go anywhere you want, when you want to go there.

That 11% to 15% loss seems significant to me. I’d rather see an automatic self aligning conductive contact made from below.

Yes, 10 to 15% may seem like a lot but, fortunatly, we’re talkin pennies per day here.
90 cents for Plugless, 80 cents for the plug….
A dime a day, assuming i need a full charge!
No more plugging AND unplugging at home, ever. What is that worth to you or your wife???
Go ahead, ask her…….

I did. $500 was the value I was told from the one in charge. 🙂
So when it comes down a lot, or gets included in the next series of cars then I might be able to get one 🙂

it’s like anything else; if you feel that plugless charging has convenience value, then you will be willing to pay what it’s worth to you…one drawback is that if you pull your car into your driveway, and you line up to the left or right of the transmitter pad, then you either have to back out and try again, or get out and move the transmitter pad. that probably isn’t a long term problem since i would think that once you get the hang of it, you will probably be able to hit the line regularly. for example, if you can use the power cord to the transmitter as your guide.

“the energy density of gasoline vs batteries is such that gasoline isn’t going away in the foreseeable future. that’s the beauty of the Volt, it lets you substantially reduce gasoline usage while taking advantage of the flexibility of gasoline propulsion to let you go anywhere you want, when you want to go there.”


Nothing can touch the energy density of gasoline. No argument there.

The problem is that the fabulous energy of gasoline is squandered in the highly inefficient internal combustion engine.

The energy advantage of gasoline diminishes significantly when you compare a 25% efficient ICE to an 85% efficient electric drive train.

Finally, it’s just like I said at the beginning, the widespread use of inductive charging stations will take away the seeming advantage of the Volt, for the simple fact that wherever you go, if there is an inductive charger, you will be able to top off while shopping, eating at the restaurant, etc.

Under this scenario, the seeming advantages of cars like the Volt really don’t matter so much, especially in urban areas.

The long trip for electric cars ???

Simple answer: “Stop and empty your bladder and recharge while you are eating at a highway stop with a fast charger.”

when i refer to energy density, compare the volume taken up by the Volt battery pack and think about the number of gallons of gasoline that you could get in that same volume. the second issue with EV vs ICE is recharge time vs refill time. you can refill a gas tank in the time that it takes to “empty your bladder” and be able to drive for hundreds of miles. you can’t do that with recharging, even fast charging. one of the issues with recharging is that there is a limit to the amount of charging power that can be safely supplied. you can’t have megawatt chargers because if a short develops anywhere, you’re going to get fried. i don’t see why plugless charging is a problem for the Volt; plugless charging works no different for the Volt than it does for any other EV…and you can “top off” with or without a plug. what makes the Volt more practical for long distance travel than cars like the BMW i3 REx is the size of the Volt gas tank. you can fill up the Volt gas tank and drive for 300+ miles before you have to refill; so you… Read more »

The insurmountable advantage of inductive charging is that you will NEVER need to get out of your car to gas up or even charge up.

Can’t any body see the potential of this ?

You will never have to get out of your car to charge up or get gas or CNG or hydrogen, ever again……..

Forever…and forever…and forever….

Doesn’t anybody have enough snap to get
this ??

as i stated, if not getting out of your car were so important to people, we would still have full service gas stations on every corner. the reason why we don’t is that it is not important to most people who were willing to pump their own gasoline rather than pay more to have someone pump it for them.

If not getting off of their sofas/out of their beds were so important to people, we would still have TVs with remotes. And if convenience were so important, we would all still be using cell/wireless phones instead of hard-wired phones, and Wi-Fi instead of hard-wired, and . . . Oh, wait.

Tesla’s super chargers are fabulous.

But, inductive charging will be Tesla’s redemption or downfall.

Forget about batteries that will take you from coast to coast on a single charge.

Not even a tank of gasoline can do that,

Instead, let’s outflank the fossil fuel megopoly with an entirely different strategy.

A relatively few Super charger Stations spread out over the U.S. and Europe IS NOT THE ANSWER.

Inductive charging stations every where ARE the answer.

The idea of going coast to coast strictly with Tesla chargers is noble, but how about driving for months on end in your local community without having to plug in or go to a gas station, or a hydrogen station, or CNG station, or even a Tesla Super Charger.


check out the ‘resonant inductive charging’ that works really great and is not limited to small powers. just google it.

this is a very interesting article. as i interpret this article, you start with a fully charged bus at the start of the day; and the in-road chargers help replenish charge as the buses driver over them. thus, in the 15 mile bus route, the bus gets charged over about 2 of those miles. so you engineer the buses with batteries large enough to do a day’s driving plus recharge intervals.


Thanks for the link to induction charged buses. Really interesting. Nifty idea since the large buses only use a battery 1/3 the size of an electric car battery.

Pretty amazing.

What about ice and snow? Shouldn’t it be embedded into the driveway so you could get the snowblower over it? How will snow and ice affect the efficiency?

The distance between the pad and car adapter is 4 inches.
So, if you were to make the pad imbedded in the ground, that would also mean lowering the car adapter bellow the bottom of the car and that could be a bad thing for obvious reasons as this would expose the car adapter to road hazards. The pad can reach 50C when in use so ice and snow will melt and have no effect on the system.

if you’re parked when it snows, the snow will probably not cover the transmitter pad since it will be underneath the car. if you are not parked when it snows, the snow will cover the transmitter pad and there might be an issue with lining up over the pad. the latter probably won’t really be a problem for you because you should be pretty automatic in lining up to the pad by the time that winter comes. as you stated, once the pad starts charging, it will clear the snow and you won’t have problems locating the pad afterwards.

the problem is one of snow removal, especially if you use a snow blower to clear your driveway. the snow blower could potentially mangle the power cord to the pad, and/or damage the pad itself. it might be harder to damage the pad if you shovel your driveway but you could definitely damage the cord.

this doesn’t sound like an insurmountable problem, or even a particularly significant one; you just have to be a bit more careful when clearing snow from your driveway.

I expect ice and snow will have little effect on the resonant inductive coupling for two reasons. 1. the coupling is inductive and not capacitive. 2. the permeability of water, snow and ice is low.

the main trick here is really the RESONANT coupling which make it so efficient and allows for high energy transfers.

back to the volt I assume it requires quite a bit of new wiring and software changes inside the volt. who is doing this and what about warranty?

Actually, the system is Plug and Play, so no wire cutting and no soldering,
no software modification to the car is needed hense no warranty modification.
This system “fools” the car into believing it is plugged in with open charge door and using J1772 standard communication from the CP.
The car starts charging the second you turn it off, as showed in the video.
Go check the story of my installaton on
A lot of pictures of the installation under the car in this article.