Hevo Power Introduces Electric Car Charging Stations Disguised as Manhole Covers
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Hevo Power has taken green innovation to a new creative level with electric car charging stations that are conveniently camouflaged into the cityscape. New York City could be the first one to receive these wireless charging stations disguised as manhole covers.
The manufacturer of these “manhole chargers,” Hevo Power, believes this innovation will provide a convenient charging option for electric vehicles operating in big cities. The manhole charger is rated at 220 Volts and up to 10 kilowatts. Hevo says the system is capable of higher output, but for the moment it is focusing on short range electric vehicles.
The company plans to install its first Hevo manholes in Washington Square Park, in the center of Greenwich Village, early next year. The system includes a power station that can be embedded in the pavement or bolted to the street, and a receiver pad which is connected to the battery of the vehicle. To start the charging process, the driver simply uses a smartphone app to dock the vehicle.
Hevo’s manhole charger design makes use of resonance charging technology. This is different from the inductive charging system used by laptops, smartphones and some retrofitted electric vehicles. Both systems employ coils in the vehicle and the charging station to transmit power, but resonance charging links the two coils with capacitors that both at the same frequency.
Hevo says that this system cuts down energy loss and makes the charging process more efficient. The company is said to be having discussions with Pepsi, Walgreens, and City Harvest for possible fleet use. Delivery vehicles usually have set routes, and the Hevo manhole units could be placed at pre-determined stops. The vehicles could charge while they are being unloaded.
The convenience that this wireless charging system offers is making it attractive outside New York City as well. Bosch has also entered the fray with a wireless charging system for the owners of Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. Nissan is also developing its own system for potential future use on its electric cars.
Source: Green Car Reports
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