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Monday, October 17, 2011

Miami Firm To Patent Wireless Electric Car Charging

MIAMI — Car Charging Group Inc., a provider of electric vehicle charging services, has announced that it has filed two sepa­rate patents for inductive wireless EV charging.

The first patent is for an inductive charging station in the form of a parking bumper, which will charge EVs in parking lots and garages.

The second is to be
used underneath the road to charge EVs while they are driving. Both patents provide for a process that allows EV drivers to power and pay for their charging services wirelessly in an automatic, seamless trans­action.

“We’ve patented two inductive EV technologies that will revolutionize the EV and EV charging indus­try,” said Michael D. Far­kas, chief executive offi­cer of Car Charging Group.
“The first is a charging station designed to look and act like a parking bum­per that will charge the EV wirelessly when the car tires align with the parking bumper. EV own­ers will not have to plug in, nor will they have to interact with the charging station to pay for it — the billing will also be done wirelessly and automat­ically. Essentially, your car will charge from the moment it parks with no effort whatsoever on the part of the EV driver.”

“The other technolo­gy, which will take time to commercialize due to its costly implementation, is an inductive wireless charging system embedded underground,” said Far­kas. “User-friendly induc­tive charging will facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Going to the gas station will be a thing of the past.”

Car Charging Group pro­vides
EV charging stations to property owners and managers at no charge, and conversely does not pay fees or rent to the prop­erty owners of the loca­tions offering our charging stations. The firm retains ownership of the charging stations and remits a por­tion of the proceeds gen­erated to the respective locations’ owners.

The company estimates that 40 million plug-in elec­tric
vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF, Chevrolet Volt, Fisker Karma, Tesla Model S, Ford Focus EV as well as many others, are expected to be on the road in the years ahead, mak­ing the development of a network of charging sta­tions critical. Car Charging Group launched its operations nationally in Septem­ber 2009 and is looking to expand its operations internationally, the com­pany said.

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