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had a wonderful meal, and talked parking and technology for three hours. (That conversation is one of the sources for an article in this month’s PT.) Don’t worry, Irena, I think I can remember when you said “off the record.” But the highlight of last evening was Skidata’s legendary


party on Rembrandtplein. When I got there at 11:30 p.m., it was rocking. I think I had a long conversation with Digital Printing’s Peter Young. I remember Skidata’s Senior VP Robert Weiskopf and his boss dancing on the tables – well, almost. And then there was that powdered chocolate (ask someone who was there). It was topped off with a Lady GaGa impersonator. And then … Well, read the headline on this post. JVH


Charging Stations Already Obsolete?


electric cars. Check this out, from a March 19 Charlotte, NC, News & Observer story:


Will the electric car recharger be the next technology to


go wireless? That’s the question posed by Evatran, a Morrisville, NC, startup that has created a “plugless” charging station to juice up plug-in electric cars. The company’s founders – and funders – are betting that cutting the cord will be the next advance for electric cars, building on the same concept that has untethered telephones and computers from the tyranny of wall jacks. … Evatran’s approach allows an electric vehicle equipped


with its device to recharge by parking over a recharging pad mounted on the ground.


The concept is intriguing enough to encourage Duke Energy, Google, Clemson University, Hertz Rent A Car and others to test its product this spring in anticipation of 2,000 Evatran units being sold this year.


Posted March 23, 2012, by JVH If you browse through the inflight airline magazines, you will


find ads for cellphone and pager chargers that are simply a flat tray. You plug into 110 vac and then set your portable devices on the tray. It charges the phones, and nothing needs to be connected to tiny plugs and transformers. It looks like similar technology might soon be available for


Sears … has signed on to be an authorized nationwide installer of the garage-based mechanisms needed to make Evatran’s system work at home. The car-mounted adapters would have to be installed by auto dealers. … But, as reader Mark says, “charging stations that are being installed today could be close to obsolete by the end of the year. This technology is growing by leaps and bounds, and the millions of $’s


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