The Apollo launch program has completed it’s first 3 installations of plugless electric vehicle charging stations on Nissan LEAF vehicles. These represent the first passenger electric vehicles with full wireless charging capabilities.
Drivers at the three installation locations – in Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC, and Park Ridge, NJ – have been trialing the vehicles for the past month, since installations began in early June, and will continue to test the systems throughout the next three months. An additional three installations will be completed in July with partners from California to Washington, D.C.
The Apollo was launched by Evatran who developed the Plugless Power technology, and partners include Duke Energy, the Hertz Corporation and the Clemson University International Centre for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and Google.
“Our goal in launching this one-of-a-kind initiative was two-fold,” commented Tom Hough, Evatran’s chief executive officer. “We wanted to get this game changing technology into the hands of real electric vehicle drivers and we wanted to show the market that wireless charging technology can encourage electric vehicle adoption on a large scale.”
The program began in February and follows 6 commercial partners as they trial wireless charging technology installed on their vehicles.
The technology is based on electro magnetic induction which uses magnetic fields to transfer power between two coils, one on the floor of the garage and the other on the underneath of the vehicle. The transfer of power is very efficient and is extended over an air gap of as much as seven inches.
The prototypes don’t require any user interaction and the charging is just as quick as the corded traditional chargers, functioning at 90% efficiency.
The results of the program will be compiled in a case study that will be released at the end of the summer which will further the industry’s understanding of wireless charging technology.