Philadelphia will be home to the country’s first residential tower featuring a Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging System


The Scannapieco Development Corporation is revolutionizing luxury living with the addition of a new amenity that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard of before: wireless charging – for your car! In 2008 Scannapieco brought the world’s first automated parking system to Philadephia, now their latest residential tower- the Walnut 500- will feature the country’s first ever wireless induction charging system created in partnership with Westfalia and Plugless. According to the press release, “500 Walnut will be the first and only residential tower in the country to charge electric vehicles– from Tesla to Cadillac – with no cords or plugs, or any work on the user’s part.”

“Not only do we implement the latest technology in all of our projects, but we constantly work to identify forward-looking trends and advancements that simplify everyday living for our residents,” said Tom Scannapieco, President and CEO of Scannapieco Development Corporation. “Given the rising popularity of luxury electric vehicles, we feel this amenity will become ubiquitous in luxury living. As a testament to our belief in this future trend, we are proud to have selected luxury electric vehicle brand, Tesla, as 500 Walnut’s town car – another Philadelphia ‘first’.”

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The Walnut 500 will be a glass 26 story residential tower with the signature underground automated parking system. For this project, Westfalia, the creators of the automated-parking system, partnered with US-based company, Plugless who are the developers of the first wireless electric vehicle charging system in the world: the Plugless Level 2 EV Charging System. The advanced induction system uses magnetic fields to transfer energy from a transmitting coil in the parking pad to a receiving coil – a customized piece which is installed in the vehicle adapter, which converts the energy into electrical current to charge user’s electric vehicles.

“Scannapieco was the first in his market to embrace the automated parking system, so he was already familiar and educated on the importance of this innovative advancement. We are thrilled to partner with him on offering the next generation of this automated system at 500 Walnut,” said Dan Labell, President of Westfalia Technologies, Inc. “Scannapieco and his team’s attention to detail and level of interest to all facets of automated parking- from throughput, reliability, redundancy, after sale support, and the first inductive electric charging system- has galvanized our relationship and our commitment to ensure the success of this project.”
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“Plugless is the most tech-forward, premium charging experience available to EV owners,” said Ned Freeman, Vice President of Marketing with Plugless. “The Plugless integration with robotic parking at 500 Walnut means residents will have their EVs returned to them, fully recharged, without a single hand having touched their car. This is not just ultimate convenience today – it’s the future of mobility.”

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The 500 Walnut overlooks the iconic Independence National Historic Park and offers city’s bridges, rivers and ever-changing skyline. Occupancy of this tower will begin in the spring next year. Learn more at: www.500Walnut.net