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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RE: If it sells, then good for Bosch
6/16/2013 10:40:06 AM
Your example of hand dryers breaks here:
But how much money in energy does it take to
all those paper towels. How much does it cost to keep more janitors on staff to manage the waste and replenish the paper towel supplies? What about when this does not take place in time and the paper towels runs out (More than once I've dried my hands on my pants!). How much do all those paper towels cost - particularly when dang few people use only one (do you? I don't).
How much does it cost to keep having plumbers come in to unplug the toilets because childish/stupid people try to flush paper towels either on purpose or in ignorance?
There is a lot of legitimate uses for inductive charging. I've provided several examples of possible benefits in this thread already. Not the least of which is that not everyone having and electric car will be parking it in their garage. I don't park my cars in my garage (there is too much crap in mine). My cars sit in the driveway with no power plugs anywhere near. If I had inductive charging, I can embed the charging pad in mty driveway and park right on top of it - never having to remember or worry about plugging in. Whatr about all the folks that lkive in high rise urban condos? A lot of those folks don't have a power plug anywhere near their parking slots. Mind, this might prove a problem regardless of how you want to charge your electric car, but it does open the possibility for the condo management garage builder to install sealed inductive pads in the asphalt of a percentage of these spaces when they are paving the parking garage.
Putting actual power plugs into the asphalt would be a little more prone to problems when damp cars park over them though there are ways to get around that too. I would just find having to use them a bother.
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