North Carolina's Research Triangle may be one of the most "wired" places in the US when it comes to technological advancements, but why stop there? To take the lead in electric-drive vehicle adoption, go wireless.
Raleigh, NC has become the first US municipality to join the Apollo Program, which tests wireless electric vehicle chargers made by Evatran. The Virginia-based company's Plugless Power chargers were, as of September, being tested by entities such as Google and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, in addition to Hertz, Duke Energy and the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.
In late October, Evatran said it reached an aftermarket-charger sales and distribution agreement with SPX Service Solutions that will allow the company's wireless charging stations to be installed in the homes of owners of Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts starting next April. The home stations will cost about $4,000 for the on-board receiver, garage-floor transmitter and garage installation needed for the wireless system.