Bosch Selling $3,000 Wireless EV Charging System
June 14, 2013 2:51 PM
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It's only for the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf
Bosch is giving electric vehicle (EV) drivers a
wireless charging option
, and even new financing plans to help them afford it.
Bosch Automotive Service Solutions teamed up with Evatran Group Inc. to offer a Level 2 240-volt wireless charging unit. It's only compatible with the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf for now, but will open up to other models later.
Bosch recently announced its wired charging system, Power Max home charging. It only costs $449 while the new wireless system costs a whopping $3,000 -- but Bosch believes that convenience will be key to sales of the expensive wireless option.
“The main reason is convenience,” Kevin Mull, vice president of business development at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions told PluginCars. “We think this is a very
viable future technology
and over time, with advancements in technology, the price will start to come down.”
To help EV drivers who want the wired or wireless system, but can't afford it, Bosch is offering financing options. Option #1 includes $0 down with no monthly payments for 12 months if repaid in full in a year for charging stations that cost $1,000 or more. Option #2 offers $0 down and a five-year 2.99 percent loan on charging stations of $3,500 or more (including installation).
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Model S should have been first
6/14/2013 4:10:16 PM
I actually don't think this is too expensive for what it is and if I had an electric vehicle I would definitely save up for this. They should have come out with a version for the Tesla Model S first since 3k is less of a substantial amount for those owners.
RE: Model S should have been first
6/14/2013 9:10:28 PM
It ends up being silly when you add the cost of this onto your electric car. You are already paying $8000+ premium over a like model petrol, then you add another $1000-3500 for a charger. Insane.
I'll take my carbon spewer and my $10 grand, you can keep your portion of the tax subsidy and just sit back and enjoy the coming of the second Carboniferous Period.
RE: Model S should have been first
6/15/2013 5:22:48 AM
I hate electric vehicles and would not even consider owning one for the forseable future, however I don't care about the added cost it is just easier and it's for a car not my electric shaver I understand that it will cost more. Also it isn't adding the cost to the car really since you don't have to give it up when you give up your car and get a new one. There is also the resale value I am sure it wouldn't be hard to move at the right price.
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