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Wireless EV Charging: You Betcha!

Posted in Car Tech, Electric Cars, Electric Vehicles, Emissions, Environment, General by MrAngry | January 8th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

If you own or plan on owning an electric vehicle then you already know that you’ll need to install some kind of charging station into your home. Sure you can charge most EV’s with a standard 110v outlet, but that could take up to 20 hours for some vehicles. There is no doubt that the 220v plug-station is the way to go, but even with that unit you’ll still need to plug that baby into the wall with a long power cord. What if however you could simply roll into your garage, park and then head in without having to plug-in the car. That would be nice wouldn’t it? Apparently that technology isn’t too far away. You see a company called eCoupled is currently working on a new form of induction charger for electric vehicles that will allow owners to charge their cars without the use of a power cord.

The concept works in much the same way that current flat-matte cell phone chargers like the Powermat function. Once a small device is fitted to the underside of the vehicle, the car may then be pulled on top of a pre-installed charging station and presto! No power cord. All charging will be monitored through an app on your smart phone which makes the charging process unbelievably simple. The product, officially called the eCoupled PowerSpot, is still in development, but I would that when released, this will be the preferred way to charge your EV.

Source: Jalopnik

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