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Plugless Power Now Available to Reserve for the Tesla Model S

Cyclone

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Jan 12, 2015
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I'm sorry, but 7.2kW wireless charging is a pipe dream on any "coming soon" timescale (it says Spring 2016), even "Tesla-time". I'll get a regular, bare bones production-level Model 3 before this is actually delivers for use on a Model S.
 

AMPUP

Member
Mar 27, 2014
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Dunn Loring, VA
I'm sorry, but 7.2kW wireless charging is a pipe dream on any "coming soon" timescale (it says Spring 2016), even "Tesla-time". I'll get a regular, bare bones production-level Model 3 before this is actually delivers for use on a Model S.

Nikola Tesla had a dream that Power could come to homes wirelessly.

Plugless power have already achieved success with the Volt and Leaf @ 3.3KW so I think this is a good next step for them, certainly not a pipe dream.
 

Vince Cobelo

Member
Nov 1, 2015
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Palmetto, FL
When someone is asking for money without showing a prototype or at least information about the engineering vision it is nothing to get excited about.

Inductive charging can work and do it well (hearing aids are a example) but the transmitter and receiver need to be very close together. Further apart the energy loss is exponentially greater.

For fully autonomous driving fleets they'll have to figure something out. In the meantime, I find it satisfying somehow when I plug into the car whether it is at home or away.
 

Electric700

Active Member
May 21, 2013
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Nikola Tesla had a dream that Power could come to homes wirelessly.

Plugless power have already achieved success with the Volt and Leaf @ 3.3KW so I think this is a good next step for them, certainly not a pipe dream.

I agree with you there. The Plugless Power charging rate at 7.2 kW should be plenty for me, because I could get a full charge from zero in about 12.5 hours (90 kWh/7.2 kW), which I don't think I would even need. Using a 14-50/9.6 kW outlet, it's about 9.5 hours (90 kWh/9.6 kW) from zero.
 

Cyclone

Cyclonic Member ((.oO))
Jan 12, 2015
5,058
1,153
Charlotte, NC
Nikola Tesla had a dream that Power could come to homes wirelessly.

Plugless power have already achieved success with the Volt and Leaf @ 3.3KW so I think this is a good next step for them, certainly not a pipe dream.

I am happy to be wrong. but I don't see Spring 2016 (1-4 months) as realistic. :)
 

Johan

Ex got M3 in the divorce, waiting for EU Model Y!
Feb 9, 2012
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Drammen, Norway
Why all the hate? Wireless charging is not for me, due to losses, but why wouldn't the company be able to pull it off? They have working systems for other EVs. They say it's J1772 emulation so the car doesn't "know" it's being charged wirelessly. Would be interesting though to know how they are going to wire the thingamajing in to the car and for example have it accept a charge without the charge port open or a cable physically plugged in. It's either they have worked with Tesla to create an option for this in the firmware (seems unlikely) or that they are somehow plugging in to the charger CAN-bus or some such thing emulating it, or maybe hijacking the actual sensors in the charge port and charge port door to fool the car?
 

Bimbels

GoldMember
Jan 18, 2016
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Newport, RI
I totally believe it will work. I also believe it's the future - and that Tesla is most likely working on a solution. I just believe their solution will be better. In the meantime I don't want to invest in the equipment from one company when I will probably prefer the Tesla product.
 

pthill65

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Jul 9, 2013
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MN, USA
I wonder what the energy losses are on transmitting 30A over the air.

In their FAQ system they quote 12% less efficiency than a plugged system. That may well be pretty good as an engineering goal, and I would like it from a convenience standpoint, but since a big reason I'm doing the whole electric car thing is conservation, I probably won't pursue it myself. Get it down to 5% and I probably would. Snake charger? Now you're talking!

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RDoc

S85D
Aug 24, 2012
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1,706
Boston North Shore
I'd be a bit leery of having a J1772 emulator system installed in our Tesla by any third party. If it had problems, the consequences could be extremely expensive, not to mention dangerous.
 

cgiGuy

Active Member
Jul 9, 2013
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Everywhere, Nowhere
Wireless Transfer Distance: 4 in (10 cm)

uh ok well you might as well just plug it in.

You were expecting to be able to "beam" energy to a car in your detached garage from your house? Of course it has to sit right on top of it. That's not the point. The point is, you don't have to think about plugging it in anymore. Which would be a nice compliment to the auto summon, once they move on from the "baby step."
 

Buckeye2320

Member
Jun 2, 2015
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Chicago, IL
When someone is asking for money without showing a prototype or at least information about the engineering vision it is nothing to get excited about.

Inductive charging can work and do it well (hearing aids are a example) but the transmitter and receiver need to be very close together. Further apart the energy loss is exponentially greater.

For fully autonomous driving fleets they'll have to figure something out. In the meantime, I find it satisfying somehow when I plug into the car whether it is at home or away.


Then why did everyone give Telsa all their money before we even saw a Model S, then we all went and did it again with the Model X, and how many are ready to do it again on March 31st of the Model 3???
 

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