Feeds

Wireless e-car recharge tech within range?

Powermat for cars

Build a business case: developing custom apps

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. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins
Sauricide WASN'T inevitable, reckon scientists
BEST BATTERY EVER: All lithium, all the time, plus a dash of carbon nano-stuff
We have found the Holy Grail (of batteries) - boffins
The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots
Someone needs to get that lazy star cooking again before things get cold around here
Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab
IBM, MIT, plenty of others invited to fill Uncle Sam's spy toolchest, but where's Google?
Famous 'Dish' radio telescope to be emptied in budget crisis: CSIRO
Radio astronomy suffering to protect Square Kilometre Array
Bad back? Show some spine and stop popping paracetamol
Study finds common pain-killer doesn't reduce pain or shorten recovery
Forty-five years ago: FOOTPRINTS FOUND ON MOON
NASA won't be back any time soon, sadly
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
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.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.