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.
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.