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Electric vehicle chargers go wireless

As part of the Apollo Launch Program, the first wireless electric vehicle trial in the world, three Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle charging technology devices were put into play in three sites in the Unites States.

Plugless Power, developed by Evatran, is a wireless EV charging system based on electromagnetic induction. The Apollo Launch Program, which kicked off in early 2012, is a product trial in which five commercial participants will outfit their Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf models to work with the Plugless Power wireless charging systems.

The three installations are at The Hertz Corporation headquarters in New Jersey; Duke Energy in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research facility in Greenville, South Carolina. They will be accessed by Nissan Leaf vehicles.

Aside from marking the start of the program they also represent the first passenger electric vehicles in the world with full wireless charging capacity.

Other partners in the program are Google and the state of Virginia.

"Our goal in launching this one-of-a-kind initiative was two-fold," commented Tom Hough, Evatran's chief executive and electric vehicle driver. "We wanted to get this game-changing technology into the hands of real electric vehicle drivers and we wanted to show the market that convenient, wireless charging technology can encourage electric vehicle adoption on a large scale."

Evatran is now accepting partners for the second phase of the Apollo Program, set to launch in the next six months. Participant must have Nissan Leaf of Chevrolet Volt vehicles in their fleet and be willing to drive the equipped vehicles on a daily basis. – EcoSeed Staff

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