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Google trials Wytheville company’s ‘plugless’ charging station for electric cars

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Google Inc. is installing a trial “plugless” charging station for electric cars designed by Wytheville-based Evatran LLC at the giant Internet company’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

Evatran’s “Plugless Power” charging station allows electric vehicle drivers to charge their cars with hands-free, automatic technology.

“We are thrilled to have our first public release of the Plugless Power technology installed at Google’s headquarters,” said Tom Hough, co-founder and CEO of Plugless Power. “The interest shown by Google and the cooperation we’ve received to retrofit their EV provides evidence that a simple, convenient charging process is needed for the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.”

The charging station is based on the same technology used in inductive technology used in electrical transformers. Evatran is a subsidiary of MTC Transformers in Wytheville.

Google uses low-speed electric vehicles for travel around its campus and includes plug-in vehicles for its employee car-sharing program. The company plans to use Evatran’s charging station for a retrofitted short-range electric vehicle. Google was interested in evaluating how the hands-free charging station could simplify the charging process for vehicles.

Evatran is looking for other corporations and governments interested in trying its charging station. Evatran wants to integrate the technology into the marketplace by 2012.

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