Google experiments with plugless charging for electric vehicles

Google experiments with plugless charging for electric vehicles

Summary: Yep, we all know that Google is pretty fanatical when it comes to green and clean technology research and development. So I wasn't surprised to hear last night that the giant Internet company is among the first to install a new wireless electric vehicle charging system from Plugless Power.

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Yep, we all know that Google is pretty fanatical when it comes to green and clean technology research and development. So I wasn't surprised to hear last night that the giant Internet company is among the first to install a new wireless electric vehicle charging system from Plugless Power. The technology, which requires a retrofit of your electric vehicle, will be trialed at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. You car charges when you park it over the device (ala the photo to the right). Google uses a number of low-speed electric vehicles on its campus for short distance travel needs; right now, it uses plug-in charging stations.

This will be the first public pilot of the technology, which was developed by a company called Evatran. Plugless Power is actively seeking other potential partners for tests in the third quarter of 2011, from among both potential commercial and public sector clients. The technology is supposed to work with most electric vehicle models, but it DOES require a retrofit. The little promo video below provides a deeper illustration of how the technology works:

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  • Yawn! Google bragging about how innovative they are

    but they using regular hybrid cars like everyone else. Perhaps Google should switch to wind energy cause there's a large abundance of blow-hard located at there headquarters.
    iPad-awan
    • RE: Google experiments with plugless charging for electric vehicles

      @iPad-awan but if it was Steve Jobs you'd be proud of your pioneering leader and his commitment to the cause.

      Yawn! another iPad owner without an open mind.
      musicmonkey
      • I agree

        @musicmonkey
        Google should be respected for experimenting, whether it be with a hybrid, EV, or a massive Diesel engine gas guzzler; 'tis the only way to break ground and pave way for new technology solutions. Go Google!!! Save the world!!
        readWiz
    • RE: Google experiments with plugless charging for electric vehicles

      The technology seems very fascinating, but the principles behind the working of this technology is very basic - electromagnetic induction in <a href="http://www.carparts.com/"><font color="black">carparts</font></a> - which has been in use in Transformers for over 100 years now
      lackneramanda
  • Does it erase your hard drive?

    An air-core transformer, like we see charging many electric shavers and toothbrushes. But at this scale, there have to be some fairly serious magnetic fields around that thing. What are the health ramifications?
    Robert Hahn
  • How to steal power

    Park your electric car in your neighbor's driveway and charge up on his cordless transformer.

    More profitable than watering your lawn from his tap! ;)
    RealGem