As the world moves forward from fossil fuels into the age of renewable energy, companies are increasingly investing in green technologies, particularly electric vehicles (EVs). We all know how smart Tesla Motors Inc’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) technologically-advanced vehicles are and how effective its Supercharger stations are. However, the EV maker has yet to roll out its wireless charging systems.
Evatran Group-owned Plugless Power has come up with a unique offering for Tesla Model S owners, allowing them charge their sedans without connecting them with charging cables. The maker of the world’s first wireless EV charging system has started taking reservations for Plugless Wireless Charger for Model S, an inductive charging pad.
While deliveries of the plugless charging systems for the rear wheel drive (RWD) version are scheduled for April, the charger-maker plans to launch the wireless charger for the all-wheel drive (AWD) Model S later this year. However, no specific timeline has been reported.
“Plugless has provided 450,000+ charging hours to everyday EV owners across the USA and Canada,” Plugless stated on its website. “Make life with your Tesla ever more convenient and reliable – your charging system as smart as your EV.”
Although Evatran has not announced the price for the Model S charger, it has started taking pre-orders with a $244 refundable deposit. The company is currently not offering chargers for the Tesla Roadster, Model X, and the upcoming Model 3, but plans to roll out Plugless for all Tesla vehicles eventually. It is offering a warranty of 3 years on the Model S Plugless System and an any-reason return period of 45 days after the system is installed, along with both ways shipping.
The Plugless for Model S is a 7.2-kilowatt (kW) system that requires a 50-amp circuit. It can be installed outdoors or in a garage and is expected to add a 20-mile range per hour into the sedan, while the vehicle is on the top of the charging pad. Owners are not required to change Tesla’s software or systems. The startup is also offering a free 35-pound adapter, which will be installed on the sedan by Evatran’s technicians. The company is also offers wireless charging alternatives for General Motors Company’s (NYSE:GM) Cadillac ELR and Chevy Volt, as well as for the Nissan Leaf.
Last August, CEO Elon Musk tweeted a video of Tesla’s Snakebot Autocharger prototype, which is not a wireless charging system but an automated charger. While Tesla is working on its own Snakebot charger, owners can reserve their Plugless for a charging-worriless driving experience.