Wireless EV Charging Could Be OEM-Available There Next Year
Virginia-based Evatran said yesterday that a new joint venture could make its “Plugless” wireless electric vehicle charging available from a China-based OEM in 2017. Evatran’s new JV is with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology, a Tier 1 supplier of brake and other components in China.
WEVC is viewed by enthusiasts as a technology that could be boost the sales of EVs because of its almost incredible convenience – drivers would no longer have to plug in their car – just park in a space that’s been outfitted with a WEVC system.
According to Evatran, new joint venture, funded at $5 million, “pairs Plugless products and inductive charging technology with the manufacturing experience and long-term OEM customer relationships of VIE, a leading manufacturer of automotive parts based in Zhejiang Province, China.
“The joint venture expects Plugless EV charging to be in series production and commercially available with a China-based OEM in 2017.” (emphasis added)
“China is the fastest growing EV market in the world, and we see tremendous opportunities in bringing Plugless technology to the market,” Evatran CEO Rebecca Hough said in the Thursdy announcement. “VIE is the perfect partner in this joint venture, working together toward another first with Plugless – series production of wireless EV charging.”
Evatran says that its Plugless systems “is the first and only wireless EV charger available for purchase by EV drivers.” The firm says it completed field trials in partnership with Google, Hertz, SAP and Duke Energy in 2013, and put the product on sale in March 2014.
More Powerful Plugless
Evatran’s Plugless currently supports 3.3-kilowatt charging for Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Cadillac ELR EVs. The firm says it is now taking reservations too for an interoperable second-generation system, releasing first as a 7.2-kilowatt system for the Tesla Model S, followed by a 3.6-kilowatt system for the 2016 and 2017 Chevy Volt. Full production of the second generation system is to being in early fall 2016, Evatran says.
SAE International has meanwhile released a TIR/Technical Information Report moving it closer to an international standard for WEVC, designated J2954.
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Source: Evatran with Fleets & Fuels follow-up