The system is the first to offer consumers a simple way to charge their EVs with the ease of hands-free, automatic technology.
Google is famous for giving the digital generation what it wants, so it only makes sense that the search giant would branch out into other technologies it feels are worth of its attention. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that they would already be dabbling in smart grid technologies, and positioning themselves to be a leader in the future of both energy creation and distribution.
Recently, the interwebs have been all aflutter over the fact that Google is trialing a Plugless Power charging station for electric vehicles at its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters. Developed by Evatran, Plugless Power is based on technology similar to that of the electric toothbrush, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years.
The system streamlines the charging of electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids by eliminating the nuisance of the cord and the plug. For those that have been hesitant to purchase an electric vehicle because they fear what would happen if they stray too far without a charging station, Plugless Power could be the technology to sway their choice.
Google has a history of showing interest in alternative transportation options around its campus and includes plug-in vehicles in its on-campus employee car-sharing program. The company will initially use the Plugless Power station to charge a retrofitted short-range electric vehicle, since most EV models are eligible for Plugless Power through a simple retrofit process.
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