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Yazaki North America and Evatran partner on wireless charging solutions for plug-ins

Evatran, the developer of the Plugless Power electric vehicle (EV) inductive recharging system (earlier post), and Yazaki North America have signed a Joint Development Agreement to develop and market Plugless Power technology to automotive manufacturers as a factory or dealership option.

With joint resources, Evatran and Yazaki are developing a hands-free charging system to be used in residential, commercial, and industrial applications, eliminating the need to plug in to recharge the vehicle’s battery.

The solution utilizes induction technology to transfer up to 3.3kW of power at efficiencies above 90%, allowing plug-ins to recharge as quickly as with some Level 2 conductive plug-in chargers.

Yazaki North America is a Tier 1 automotive supplier with headquarters in Canton, Mich., and is a subsidiary of Yazaki Corporation with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. As the world’s largest supplier of automotive electrical distribution systems (EDS), Yazaki has been at the forefront of the electric vehicle market since its inception with years of experience in high voltage system integration and development. Yazaki supplies products to vehicle manufacturers worldwide with a product portfolio that includes an SAE J1772 compliant Charge Coupler and assembly along with electrical components for hybrid vehicles.

Comments

Davemart

I'm not sure if this is inductive charging, implying contact with the charger, or magnetic resonance, which wouldn't, and the site of Evatran is no help.

HarveyD

It is claimed to be a wireless (cordless) 3.3 Kw charging solution.

Together with cordless Wi-Fi tablets, this may very well be one of the top technology of the current decade.

Wireless charging pads for tablets/phones/games/electrified vehicles etc will be a major hit on many world markets and will be mass produced at a lower cost by 2015/2016.

Effortless (no hands) recharges in home garage, local parking lots and many public places will make electrified vehicles more acceptable soon. Personal tablets/phones will get cordlessly recharged at the same time or while driving.

SJC

I post that induction charging will become popular and some say no because you can not do V2G, which you can. Opinions are prevalent whether even close to correct or not. If we could harness ego and strong wrong opinions, there would be no energy problems.

Engineer-Poet

You may well be right, but I still think the extra cost and losses will delay the necessary shift to electric. When people are already complaining about the cost/benefit ratio of Volts and Leafs, I don't see adding cost as a feature.

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