Meet gulplug’s P-Plate – A Self Plug-In Charging Station (w/video)

JUN 13 2018 BY MARK KANE 21

A French company by the name of gulplug is developing a new approach to a convenient electric car connection for charging – meet the P-Plate.

gulplug P-Plate charging

The P-Plate is kind of a self plug-in system with 40 centimeters of self-adjustment with magnetic guidance and self plug-out device. The charging cable is retracted into the car.

There are no efficiency losses, as in the case of wireless charging, but convenience should be similar. Also, the price of the P-Plate should be no higher than a conventional home charging station, according to the company. Though no official pricing has been announced.

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Charging power of up to 7 kW (22 kW while 3-phase) is expected to be possible.

Gulplug is trying to introduce the P-Plate on the market and has already entered into a cooperation with Volvo.

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Leaf Awesome
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Leaf Awesome

Can’t wait to see this in action in winter. Wow what a useless device and a waste of money.

M Hovis
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M Hovis

The beginning of anything great is conception. Though I personally don’t mind plugging in I believe either this or wireless charging must occur for the future of autonomous driving. What is the best approach for future apartment dwellers? Improve plug-in infrastructure at the apartment and work is one. What about slow speed autonomy to get to a public charging spot? Would it be better to lose 10% efficiency and go wireless? Is this a better approach? I am a Tesla fanboy and waiting on my Model 3. Can’t say I love the early versions of the Tesla Snake, but I do like the idea of not giving up the 10% when you look to the future of terawatts being used. Given that energy fact and the almost certainty of autonomous EVs, there is something evolving here with the Tesla snake and the gulplug P-Plate and this article will probably mess with me all day.

Ian
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Ian

Interesting concept. I am not sure wireless inefficiency is sufficient reason to have the complexity of moving parts with snow, dirt, salt etc. but it’s worth exploring (just not on my dime). Funny how self-serve gas stations are accepted, but we keep trying to re-engineer a simple plug-in in the garage. Go progress, GO!

Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

Right, this setup would have the same problems associated with any hardwired hookup on the floor or in the street: It would be subject to blockage or at least inefficiency (and overheating) from poor contacts due to dirt, grit, and debris getting into the plug receptacle.

When I saw the title for this article, I hoped it was going to show some sort of automated or robotic arm plugging into the side of the car. That wouldn’t attract dirt and debris the way a plug receptacle in the floor will.

This may look nice in principle, but I predict it won’t work well in practice, even if they do manage to put it into production.

jamcl3
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jamcl3

Most people around here would not back in to a parking space, sadly. It is safer usually.

Phil
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Phil

Don’t see why it’s safer. It’s always easier to reverse into a big space. Also why couldn’t you put the unit on an extension cord and locate it at the garage front.

James
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James
You are not accounting for autopark mode. True that many driveways, in fact most are nose in and back out. Some homes have a semi circular drive like mine, so backing in the garage for me isn’t so difficult. Mostly. solutions are not that difficult. Teslas can park themselves, as do some Audis I know of. As mentioned, the no-brainer approach would be to place the self-plugging unit at the front of the garage and use the length of cord necessary to the outlet. I think the concept looks promising and we need to see the consistency and reliability to get excited about it. Obviously this system would have problems in public charging scenarios where wireless makes so much more sense. Also your concerns about freezing and snow are valid. If this system is a warmer climate device, so be it. I may be relocating to Texas where I could enjoy the convenience. If you are in Minnesota, probably not, or you could use it this time of year, and plug into your wall charger in winter. Swimming pools have a large market – just not in colder climes. This is a convenience item, but as EV-heads, we still have… Read more »
Nemo
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Nemo

(never mind)

philip d
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philip d

The jokes for that name write themselves.

Unplugged
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Unplugged

Yep, they gotta change the name. “P Plate” doesn’t really describe it to begin with.

BoltUp
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BoltUp

Just don’t drop any nails or screws nearby!

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

But why?! Is it pluging in that hard for some people? Could we get any lazier?

Philip Robin
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Philip Robin

Get rid of your car, or is walking too hard for you?

Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

20 miles a day in 100F? No, i will start tomorrow!

ga2500ev
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ga2500ev

The comparative levels of effort are light years apart. Plugging and unplugging is less than 1 minute per charge. I’m with Mark in that it’s just for the lazy gadget crazy.

ga2500ev

James
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James
Please read my reply above. All humans tend to look at things as they appear or make sense to ourselves. Nobody would ever sell anything to anybody if we all used just ourselves as a gauge as to whether something is good or not. We early adopters revel in the fact that fueling at home is such a joy and convenience. Problem is, we humans are creatures of habit. Over 97% of auto buyers are still walking into dealerships like zombies and making that second largest purchase an ICE, buying the Kool-aid from ICEmakers that they are selling the highest tech available! Muscle memory, they hit the gas station every week the same way dad and mom and grandpa and great grandma did! Like buying bread, eggs and milk. It’s etched into our group psyche. You can see the mass media hysteria capitalizing on human fear whenever an electric car crashes. Yes we early adopters know its bullsh@t, but it sells page hits. Adding the benefit of hands-free charging just makes dirty ICEs look even dirtier to John and Jane Q, consumer and EVs so much better. This offsets some of EV’s negatives such as range anxiety, fear of new… Read more »
Mark.ca
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Mark.ca

I see your point but heard it before. When the smart phones emerged, there was this discussion on how the people will adjust to daily charging. I never forget to charge my phone and see things similarly for my car. I get out and plug in. As you say humans are creatures of habit and habits can be acquired. If we want to make the Johns adopt ev we need to keep costs in check. All this pork options make evs unnecessarily expensive. I don’t need it but i’m not against it.

Lou Grinzo
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Lou Grinzo

Wow, this sure “looks pretty breakdownable”, to borrow a line from the TV show MASH.

Wireless charging, this gizmo, etc. for in-garage charging feel like solutions in search of a genuine problem. I’ve been plugging in my EV about 5 times a week for the last 5 years, and it has yet to be a burden. Perhaps I’m more manly than I suspected…?

James
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James

Lou, I’m with you, brother. I see plugging in as a breeze and a joy.

Problem is, 97%+ of auto buyers in North America still spend their hard earned money on an ICEmobile each year. Yes, they have several fears and objections towards buying an EV. Why not take one off the table right now?

We know it’s nonsense, but most human fears are. Many people fear charging. They fear it is dangerous, dirty or even a hassle. I see wireless and autonomous charging as a convenience, one that takes those perceived negatives off the table for the automobile consumer,

James
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James

I know we all get a huge laugh off of Neil Cavuto. Yet the guy spent a year or two bloviating muck all over the Chevy Volt in primetime. When his other nonsensical attacks on the Volt were eventually thwarted, his fall back was…….DIVORCE! We remember the dozen or so times when the Volt or EVs were brought up (I saw most if his sophomoric rants on YouTube, but my wife regularly watches Faux News and Clinton News Network) he would say we all will get divorced because we forgot to plug in the car last night!

How hard is it to check an app on our phone, right? Or peek out into the garage to see the little charge light? OH NOOO… Cavuto would yammer, the wife would leave us because we’ll all forget to plug In!

It’s ludicrous and an indefensable premise, but sadly, it is a fear people have about EVs. Range anxiety and plug in anxiety. If our cars plug themselves in, Neil can just leave EVs alone and start in against global climate change, right?

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Pushmi-Pullyu
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Pushmi-Pullyu

I’m not impressed by computer generated animation showing something working. In my book, that’s called “vaporware”.

I could do a crude animation of a cute robot trundling out from an alcove in the garage, grabbing the charging cable, and plugging it into the car. But that would not in any way demonstrate my ability to build such a robot, let alone sell it at an affordable yet profitable price!

Residents of a neighboring State say “I’m from Missouri — Show me!” I echo that sentiment. If they want us to believe they can do it, then they need to show actual hardware — not virtual simulation vaporware!