No cords. No hassles.
Plugless Power is an inductive recharging system that uses electromagnetic fields to transfer electricity. After it is installed in your home’s garage, Plugless Power recognizes your EV as it approaches and provides you with parking guidance. Once the car is aligned with the parking pad, the system communicates with the vehicle the same way it does with corded systems, and automatically starts charging by means of electromagnetic induction.
As you might expect, wireless charging has consumer appeal. As reported in Consumer Reports regarding its testing experience with plugging in the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf, “the cord tends to drag on the ground and get dirty; plugging and unplugging is an extra step upon arrival and departure; and once or twice someone managed to trip over the cord.”
Mack molds several components for the cordless recharging system at its Statesville, N.C., facility, just an hour south of Evatran’s operations in Wytheville, Va. Mack also provides painting, pad printing and some assembly.
“While we are logistically convenient, Evatran also came to us because of our expertise in injection molding, painting, and other secondary operations,” says Business Unit Director Steve Butler. “We were also able to provide them with upfront engineering resources to help transfer the design to the injection molding process.”
Initially, the system is being offered to commercial fleets, such as municipalities and utility companies. It will go on sale to the public in 2012. In addition to aftermarket distribution, Evatran is currently working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs as a factory or dealership option. For more information, visit www.pluglesspower.com.
Contact: Steve Butler, Mack Business Unit Director