Evatran cordless EV charger

Charging an electric vehicle usually means plugging it in. But new technology may make this ritual obsolete.

Rebecca Hough is the CEO of Evatran, a company that produces wireless charging pads for select models of electric vehicles.

The system involves two pads: one is installed on the underside of the car, and the other is placed on the ground. When the two pads are aligned, an electric current flows between them, charging the vehicle.

Hough: “Once you have our system installed on your car, you can just pull into your garage or into an equipped parking space and stop the car, get out of your car, go inside, and our wireless charging system automatically recharges your electric car.”

There are no electric cords and no “on” buttons. So the wireless chargers may make owning an electric vehicle easier and perhaps more desirable.

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Hough: “You’re just removing one more roadblock to the adoption of the electric vehicle.”

One day, as the technology advances and costs come down, charging pads could be built into parking lots and embedded in roadways. Cars could then charge during a commute. But Hough says this will only happen when electric vehicles are commonplace. In the meantime, by removing the need to plug in at home, wireless chargers may encourage more car buyers to go electric.

Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photo: Courtesy of Evatran.

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