Park Your Electric Truck on a Manhole Cover to Charge It
Wireless electric vehicle charging is beginning to trickle into the market, which adds an appealing convenience factor that conventional gas-powered cars just can’t match. Meanwhile, consolidation in the retail gas sector has resulted in a long-term decline in the number of gas stations, while the number of public, private, and workplace EV charging stations has been skyrocketing. In other words, wireless or not, charging up an EV is quickly becoming a far more convenient exercise for both commercial operations and individual consumers.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a company called HEVO Power, which is offering an innovative approach to wireless EV charging for fleet vehicles.
HEVO Power’s wireless EV charging station
Aside from the convenience factor of not having to exit the vehicle in order to charge it up, wireless charging offers some infrastructure advantages over conventional EV charging stations.
Namely, wireless chargers don’t need to be situated in a standalone or wall-mounted charging station. They can simply be embedded in an existing paved surface, without taking up any other space. That’s a plus for fleet operators located in densely developed areas, where space is at a premium.
HEVO takes that concept a step farther. Rather than having the charger visible on the surface, HEVO has designed a charging system that is located entirely underneath the pavement, topped off by the company’s signature "manhole cover."
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Wireless EV charging station image via Discovery News.