The Honorable Robert F. McDonnell, Governor, addressed the crowd at 1111 East Broad Street which included Plugless Power Apollo Program partners Hertz, Duke Energy, Google, and Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
"Through our Apollo Program, Evatran is actively partnering with multiple high-profile EV leaders from across the country to increase awareness of the convenience of Plugless Power wireless charging and how that convenience impacts the adoption of electric vehicles," Rebecca Hough, Evatran COO, said.
"With Plugless Power, we’ve overcome one of the major obstacles to more widespread adoption of electric vehicles," she said, adding, "It’s power windows and automatic garage door openers that have made life easier for car owners through the years. Now, we’re making the cars themselves more attractive to potential buyers."
At the launch event, attendees were given the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles and participate in a demonstration of the wireless charging technology on a Nissan LEAF while learning more about how Apollo Program partners are realizing the benefits of Plugless Power in numerous ways, such as in their EV fleet programs. Dominion Chevrolet, James River Air Conditioning, and Pence Nissan supported the test drive portion of the event, with assistance from Virginia Clean Cities.
Apollo Program participants utilize Plugless Power on their own electric vehicles, testing the wireless technology at their locations for three months and providing feedback to Evatran. The Plugless Power system allows drivers to simply pull up to a charging station, park, and let wireless technology do the rest. The system automatically charges an electric vehicle’s battery with the well-proven, safe process of inductive power transfer. Evatran works with program partners to install charging stations at their facilities, as with Google at its high-tech campus in Mountain View, Calif. or at the automotive research campus of CU-ICAR in Greenville, S.C.
With increasing market availability, Evatran is expanding its Apollo Program and working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the technology into the next generation of electric vehicles. A second phase of the Program is planned for the third quarter of 2012 to include additional participants across the country.
Green transportation pioneer Evatran™ has delivered wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging to today’s automotive marketplace with its innovative Plugless Power™ hands-free charging system. Redefining electric vehicle convenience, Plugless Power is safe and easy-to-use with residential, fleet, and public installation options for people on the go. No cords, no worries, no hassle – just access to more convenience, lower emissions and better fuel economy. Plugless Power is in-demand, with both individuals and many well-known companies like Hertz, Duke Energy, and Google who are using the system to realize costs savings by developing easy-to-use EV fleet programs. Unleash your EV today by reserving a Plugless Power system for our Chevy Volt or Nissan LEAF.