One of the biggest problems with re-charging an electric vehicle is that fact that you need to first find a charging unit and then be able to plug your EV into it. Luckily, new wireless induction charging technology has been gaining popularity, and would rid drivers of this inconvenience by allowing them to recharge their vehicles by simply parking their EVs over an induction charging unit in the floor. On top of that, Hevo Power is about to make things even easier with its new wireless charging system that blends into the surroundings by disguising itself as a manhole.
“I was walking down the street, pondering how wireless charging could be deployed,” Hevo’s CEO and founder Jeremy McCool told WIRED. “I was standing at 116th and Broadway, and I was looking down and saw a manhole cover. And thought, that’s the ticket. There are no cords, no hazards. Everything can be underneath the manhole cover.”
Wireless induction charging hasn’t fully taken off since it’s not entirely efficient. The process of transferring the energy from the induction charging unit to a battery pack results in the loss of large amounts of energy. Hevo Power has decided to use a resonance-based system that reduces these energy losses and that also recharges a battery much faster.
The Hevo Power unit is classed as a Level 2 charging station, with 220-volts and up to 10 kilowatts of energy being transmitted from the unit to the vehicle. Hevo Power is currently focusing on neighborhood applications and primarily inner-city vehicles like delivery vehicles. The company plans to launch its new chargers in New York’s Washington Square Park in early 2014. Hevo Power is also talking to companies like PepsiCo, Walgreens, and City Harvest about using the system with their fleet vehicles.