Feeds

Wireless e-car recharge tech within range?

Powermat for cars

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Leccy Tech If losing your leccy car's power cable or the risk of an almighty electric shock keeps you from buying an e-car, then US company Evatran may have the answer.

plugless_power_01

Evatran's Plugless Power system would do away with charging cables

The firm’s Plugless Power concept would supposedly let you recharge your e-car in the same way that mobile phones and other gadgets can now be powered-up using wireless pads.

Rather like parking on a huge Powermat, Evatran's proximity charging system could connect an e-car’s on-board battery charger to an electrical power source using magnetic induction.

To re-charge their e-cars, drivers would simply pull up closely - probably very, very closely - to the other part of the charging system, which would be bolted to the garage wall or embedded within a parking bay floor.

Exact technical details are still thin on the ground, though Evatran claimed its technology will achieve an efficiency rating of roughly 90 per cent.

Charging times will not be noticeably longer than if using a traditional cable-based power system, the firm added.

Beyond its obvious convenience and safety benefits, Evatran claimed Plugless Power is the only system that will allow any make or model of leccy vehicle to connect. Drivers would also be free from worrying about such variables as voltage, amps or plug types.

Evatran has been tinkering with the basic technology behind Plugless Power for several years, recently announcing a tie-up with product development outfit Syncroness.

If the partnership goes well then Plugless Power could go into production by the end of 2010. ®

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.