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PLUGLESS L2 System is First Wireless Electric Vehicle Charger to Receive Intertek ETL Certification


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DETROIT--March 24, 2014: Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world, today announces that the PLUGLESS L2 System manufactured by Evatran is the first wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system to carry the prestigious ETL certification mark.

“Because advanced charging technologies are critical for the evolvement of electric vehicle refuelling and EV adoption, it is a major achievement for Intertek to certify the first wireless charging station”

The PLUGLESS L2 System is currently available for both the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf vehicles, and uses inductive power transfer through magnetic fields to transfer energy from a transmitting coil in the system’s parking pad, which lies on the garage floor. Using the system’s parking guidance feature, the driver parks his vehicle above the pad, which converts this energy into an electrical current that charges the EV. The PLUGLESS System has been in use with trial partners, including Google, Hertz and Duke Energy, for more than two years and has logged over 16,000 charging hours without a single safety incident.

The system charges the EV as quickly as a plug-in Level 2 (240v) station, which is approximately three hours for the Chevrolet Volt and eight hours for the Nissan Leaf. The PLUGLESS System allows the driver to continue using all standard EV charging features such as charge timers and remote status checks, and even allows the driver to continue plugging-in where wireless charging is not available.

“Because advanced charging technologies are critical for the evolvement of electric vehicle refuelling and EV adoption, it is a major achievement for Intertek to certify the first wireless charging station,” said Tim Hubbard, Sr. VP of Intertek’s Transportation Technologies Business Line. “Consumers will see the ETL certification mark on the PLUGLESS L2 System and feel confident that the product has met the relevant safety standards and will perform as promised.”

The PLUGLESS L2 System was tested to UL 2594, and CSA C22.2 No. 280-13 the Standard for Safety for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment, allowing it to carry the cETLus mark for the USA and Canada.

Rebecca Hough, Evatran’s CEO and Co-Founder, added, “Safety has always been the first priority for the PLUGLESS system, so we are proud to have completed the required testing to carry the ETL mark. With this safety certification, we are able to offer our customers the most innovative charging system available with the highest confidence in safety and reliability.”

The history of the ETL Mark began when Thomas Edison founded the first independent electrical testing laboratory in 1896, soon after to be named Electrical Testing Laboratory (ETL), to evaluate the quality and safety of his own inventions. Today, billions of ETL Marks appear on products across North America as evidence of compliance to product safety standards, including household appliances, consumer electronics, medical devices, life safety and, among many others, security products. The ETL Mark has become the premier product safety mark for global manufacturers concerned with safety and market entry of innovative technologies, such as Evatran’s PLUGLESS L2 System.

Intertek, a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) through OSHA, is one of the world’s largest and fastest growing testing and certification organizations. With over a century of testing and certification expertise, and 35 years of automotive testing experience, Evatran called on Intertek and its ETL Mark to ensure the PLUGLESS L2 System meets the most rigorous safety standards.