Electric vehicle technology company Evatran announced that it has logged more than 1,500 hours of charging time on its Plugless L2 EV Charging System, which was installed across the country through its Apollo Trial Program. Over 15 installations are now complete, with the final installations slated for mid-August at UC Davis and the City of Sacramento.
Participants, from car rental agencies to corporate campuses to utility providers, of the program used their own Chevrolet Volts and Nissan LEAFs and were asked to provide feedback on the system, including logging daily usage routines and providing qualitative feedback on the user-interface and functionality of the system. The result: convenience over traditional plug-in applications, participants said.
The first participants included Google, Hertz Rent-a-Car, Duke Energy and Clemson University, with installations in the Spring of 2012. The second phase of the program, which began in May 2013, included additional installations at each of the original partners' locations, as well as new installations at SAP, SPX Service Solutions (now installation partner Bosch), the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, DTE Energy, the City of Raleigh, Idaho National Laboratory, and Argonne Laboratories.
Reservations for the Plugless Level 2 EV Charging System opened in June at www.pluglesspower.com, with the first shipments to individual EV owners expected in August. The system is currently available for LEAF and Volt models, though Evatran is working to bring the technology to other EV models in the future.