Bosch Offers Wireless Electric Car Charging Unit for $3,000

By · June 10, 2013

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Are you willing to pay nearly seven times more for a home electric car charger—to have the convenience of wireless charging versus needing to plug in?

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Bosch Automotive Service Solutions is betting that you and other EV drivers will make the trade up to wireless. The company today announced an offer to install wireless charging for owners of the Chevy Volt or Nissan LEAF, starting at around $3,000.

This follows an announcement a few weeks ago about the Bosch Power Max home charging, a plug-in system that costs a mere $449. Why would EV drivers want to shell out so much more for wireless? “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.”

Evatran Group Inc. will supply the Level 2 240-volt wireless charging unit. The cost, which varies depending on the cost of connecting the home electrical unit to the charger, includes the wall unit, the surface floor charger, the adapter on the vehicle, and installation, said Mull. It also includes post-installation support.

For now, the wireless charging only works with Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt, said Mull. “When you look at where the volume is, over time it has been the Volt and the LEAF,” he said.

Adapting the wireless charging for other models is “in development,” said Mull, but “I can’t put a specific date on availability for other models.”
Bosch chose to partner with Evatran because it was farthest along with its wireless charging technology, said Mull. Bosch has been testing the Evatran wireless charging on several vehicles at its Warren, Mich. facility, he said, and were pleased with its performance.

Financing

Bosch also is offering financing for installation of any Bosch home charging unit—wired or wireless. The options are $0 down with no monthly payments for 12 months if repaid in full in 12 months for charging stations of $1,000 and above; and a $0 down, five-year 2.99% loan on charging stations of $3,500 or above including installation.

The financing will help make wireless charging affordable for those who want to try it, said Mull. It should also be attractive to help cover installation costs on corded units, said Mull. That typically adds up to $600 to the cost of a charging unit, he said. “We have done over 6,000 installations and the cost is all over the map,” he said.

Comments

· · 1 year ago

Hey . . . nice boots!

· · 1 year ago

This is why the exercise industry is so big, we keep buying more and more devices that keep us immobile.

· · 1 year ago

What is the efficiency? I am pretty sure that Most Leaf or Volt owners won't shell out that $4,000 just so they can be "lazy" and end up losing additional 15-20% in efficiency.

For a home charger, it takes about 10 seconds for me to walk over to the charger and plug it in. Saving 10 seconds is NOT important enough for me to lose $4,000 and end up losing 15-20% in efficiency. That is about 2KWh to 4KWh per full charge for Volt and Leaf per charging session in loss.

· · 1 year ago

"Wireless charging … starting around $3000" for charging unit.

What wireless equipment needs to be installed in the vehicle (Leaf, Volt) to enable wireless charging? Is pricing on vehicle equipment available, or included? Will installing the wireless charging equipment effect vehicles warranty? (i.e. Has this been tested/approved by GM, Nissan.)

· · 1 year ago

Brian, no manufacturer is going to test this, or "approve it", unless they are getting a cut of the profits. If you need somebody to do that before you buy for any aftermarket automotive accessory, you'll be waiting a LONG time.

· · 1 year ago

Why are they talking about wireless car charging in this boot article?

Seriously, though, I'm not sure what to think of this. It seems great, and a nice story to tell folks who don't want an EV because they don't want to have to plug in their car. On the other hand, it seems ridiculous to pay so much when it is so easy to plug in a car. I'm confused. I can't figure out if it's ridiculously great or greatly ridiculous.

· · 1 year ago

@Skotty, Add fuel to the fire...the vehicle in the picture is also a VW GTI.... Maybe a VW Golf E-Tron, but still not a VOLT or LEAF. :)

Id be interested in the unit @ 3k...not at the $6,000 after installation, mods, etc. Not worth that much for convience for me. Ill use my J1772 less than 5 ft from the fender to plug in.

· · 1 year ago

This will help push the move to EV's/BEV's just out of convenience alone. No going to gas stations and no plugging in at home.

· · 1 year ago

I think the latest models are actually pretty high efficiency..... So that would mean only roughly 330 watts loss due to heat when charging at 3300 watts. Brian Schwerdt tells me a Nissan Leaf (his car) actually draws 3600 watts, while my volt (wih an advertised 3300 watt charger, actually does draw 3300). So it would be interesting for the first few people who buy this wireless charger to come up with 2 tidbits of information:

1). IS the car charging as fast as it did previously?

2). What is the precise power consumption from the mains when in use?

· · 1 year ago

Wouldn't the efficiency improve if the floor unit were elevated on a tapired cone platform, thereby also keeping it centered under the car?

Yah, hey! Instead of fancy boots, you could have showed the automobile unit part.!

OORR.. Why can't someone just wind their own induction coil mag pair and put them under the car and on the floor? This maybe should not be so pricey, but for "average" consumers, not so much. The price will come down, because guys like me will otherwise just make their own. They are very simple units. If someone has done this, please share.

· · 1 year ago

This is a "lifestyle" purchase for people who have more money than they know what to spend it on. Bosch, to their defense, is also now offering one of the most cost-effective corded home L-2 units . . .

http://www.plugincars.com/bosch-tries-undercut-cost-home-electric-car-ch...

I'd buy the above linked one for a little under $500, instead of the $3K+ being asked for the wireless one. Spend that money, instead, on roof mount PV panels.

· · 1 year ago

I just know my cat would be attracted to the freaky high power em going between the pad and the pack. I don't know what it would do...

· · 1 year ago

3000 $ is too much for Wireless Charging Station. A luxury for new car owners of Chevy Volt and Nissan leaf comes at a staggering price. Interestingly, the availability of vehicle finance with zero down payment makes it an attractive proposition.

· · 50 weeks ago

yep, it is pricey... today, but how much was the first navigation system or HVAC unit or park assist, or, or... prices will go down for sure.
As for convenience, losing a few seconds is OK, the problem comes when you forget to plug it in (or you do not feel like handling a 220v cord into a wet piece of metal when is pouring...) and next morning you realized that your battery is dead, and this happends a lot (ask manufacturers) for hybrids, that's OK since you have a gas backup engine (what's the efficiency of that engine BTW?) but for a pure electric...

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