What happens when you’re driving around the city and your electric car runs out of juice?

Jeremy McCool of HEVO Power was wondering the same thing as he was strolling the streets of NYC and eventually came upon a potential answer.

“I was standing at 116th and Broadway, and I was looking down and saw a manhole cover,” McCool told Wired“I was standing at 116th and Broadway, and I was looking down and saw a manhole cover. And thought, that’s the ticket. There are no cords, no hazards. Everything can be underneath the manhole cover.”

The company decided on using what’s called a resonance charging system, which wastes less energy and charges more quickly than the kinds of chargers used for things like cell phones. At the moment McCool’s system offers 220 volts and up to 10 kilowatts of energy at any given time.

HEVO plans on deploying these charging stations throughout Washington Square Park as soon as early 2014.

(Image: HEVO Power)