First Large-Scale Demonstration Outside North America
To Gauge Whether Wireless Charging Boosts the Use of EVs
Richmond, Va.-based Evatran reports the first large-scale demonstration of its technology outside North America, as upwards of 20 of its Plugless brand wireless inductive electric vehicle charging units are to be installed in Sweden.
The Plugless equipment will be placed in Stockholm, Uppsala, and Gothenburg as a joint 18-month WiCh project with the Viktoria Swedish ICT research institute. The goal is to gauge the effect of wireless charging on EV usage in real life conditions.
WiCh trail preparations have included a first phase with several test installations, and “rigorous performance and safety testing of the Plugless system, and planning to ensure accurate benchmarking and data collection for the study.”
‘Wireless Charging Can Be an Important Piece of the Puzzle’
“Our research indicates that wireless charging can be an important piece of the puzzle in getting more people to drive on electricity instead of less environmentally friendly options,” Viktoria Swedish ICT electromobility research manager Stefan Pettersson says in a joint release. “We see this demonstration project as a research area where we have the opportunity to test the technology with real users.”
“While we have focused on rolling out our technology to customers in North America, it is important to spread the word about the significant impact that wireless charging can have on overall EV adoption and usage across the world,” said Evatran CEO and co-founder Rebecca Hough.
“The Plugless system ensures the EV owner is getting the maximum electric range out of his electric vehicle by ensuring that every time he parks, he’s charging,” the company says.
The WiCh program has financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency.
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Source: Evatran/Plugless with Fleets & Fuels follow-up