Google is trialing an inductive battery charging technology developed by Evatran, a US charging specialist.
The cloud computing and internet search company has several electric vehicles for short-range travel arounds its campus in Mountain View, California. It will initially use the Plugless Power station to understand how the charging process works.
"The interest shown by Google and the cooperation we’ve received to retrofit their EV provides evidence that a simple, convenient charging process is needed for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles,” said Tom Hough, co-founder and CEO of Plugless Power.
Evatran's Plugless Power is based on inductive technology, which has been used in electrical transformers for more than 100 years, and streamlines the charging of electric vehicles and extended-range hybrids by eliminating the need for a cord and plug.
Hough said in a press release that the Google installation in an important step in bringing the technology to commercial customers. He said Evatran is actively seeking other fleet trial opportunities in the third quarter of 2011.
In addition, Evatran is working with automotive manufacturers to integrate the Plugless Power technology into mass-market EVs by 2012, the company said.