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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).

Source: Plugin Cars

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RE: Efficiency
By mike8675309 on 6/17/2013 10:29:46 AM , Rating: 2
Various sources list the efficiency of the the power transfer to be a minimum of 90%. That is really good for an inductive interface across a minimum 6" gap.

So they basically lose about 10% efficiency compared to a direct plug in. Just being able to cut down on the wear of the plug in socket has to be worth some part of that 10%.

As far as overall efficiency of charging that depends on the voltages involved and the overall design of the charging system as well as the battery pack.

RE: Efficiency
By karimtemple on 6/17/2013 10:52:01 AM , Rating: 2
Oh wow, you're right. The manufacturer is claiming 90%.

I'm cool with 90%, but that still leaves the $3k hurdle.

RE: Efficiency
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 11:06:39 AM , Rating: 2
There's huge potential in this technology. Not just your garage but in parking spots. If this is adopted throughout the entire nation, you'll never have to worry about charge/refuel ever.

RE: Efficiency
By karimtemple on 6/19/2013 8:36:09 AM , Rating: 2
The most likely scenario I can think of is a business building a new parking lot, or sectioning off its existing one, and doing charging spaces as paid parking. Expensive, too! $10 probably, or more. Cheaper than filling up a gas tank though.

RE: Efficiency
By BRB29 on 6/19/2013 8:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
The mall would have a new stream of revenue

RE: Efficiency
By cyberguyz on 6/20/2013 5:30:05 PM , Rating: 2
Or a highway with electric cars only lanes with embedded chargers.

RE: Efficiency
By BRB29 on 6/17/2013 11:11:16 AM , Rating: 2
I'm cool with 90%, but that still leaves the $3k hurdle.

It's $3k now because of the development costs that has to be distributed between a small volume of units. I don't see why it can't be under $500 in the future and even more efficient.

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