Wireless charging for plug-ins advances

  • 07-Jun-2011 08:12 EDT

Evatran's Plugless Power station includes a floor-mounted parking block and a separate control tower.

If the number of press releases issued is any indication, wireless (inductive) charging is alive and well as an option for providing juice to plug-in vehicles. On June 1, Yazaki North American and Evatran announced that they would jointly develop and market the latter's Plugless Power technology to automakers as a factory or dealer option. A floor-mounted parking pad transfers up to 3.3 kW of power to an in-car charging unit. Research and Markets announced on the same day that of the 2 million public charging stations it forecasts to be installed in Europe by 2017, 3% will be of the dc-fast-charge or inductive-charge type.

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