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Wireless EV Chargers Hitting Market : News

Plugless charging for electric cars aims to go mainstream

Are you too busy to plug in your electric car? Do you have a fear of cords because they remind you of snakes? There isn't an app for that (at least not yet), but there is a solution, to coin a phrase.

A company named Plugless is currently offering -- you guessed it -- a plugless charging system for the Nissan Leaf, Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Volt. The way it works is essentially a scaled-up version of a wireless phone charger: A receptacle on the underside of the car picks up the electromagnetic field generated by an induction coil placed on the floor -- one that is plugged into a regular Level 2 charger. The induction coil on the underside of the car collects the electromagnetic field generated by the pad and converts it back into electrical energy, sending it to the car's stock battery. The only trick, if there is one, is to position the car perfectly over the pad that's on the floor of your garage; an aiming system mounted on the wall in front of the driver can help.

The complete system for the Nissan Leaf costs $1,540, while the wireless chargers for the Chevy Volt and the Cadillac ELR are priced at $1,260 and $1,940, respectively. (Is it a coincidence that the charging system for the ELR is the most expensive one?) The complete package includes the charging station with a pad and the vehicle adapter, which does have to be professionally installed -- so this is not a DIY kind of project. The installation can be handled by certified techs or even the local dealers, Plugless says.

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