Shipping 7.2-Kilowatts Systems for the Tesla Model S
Like-Powered Kits for BMW i3 Promised for Mid-Year
A “self-charging car?” The Virginia-based Evatran Group has begun shipping 7.2-kilowatt Plugless brand wireless electric vehicle charging units for the Tesla Model S – they are priced at $4,120 per car and provide 20 to 25 miles of range per hour of charging. WEVC kits for the BMW i3 are promised for mid-2017 at $3,499.
Also available are 3.3-kilowatt cordless WEVC kits for the Nissan Leaf and first-generation GM Chevy Volt, with a 3.6-kilowatt variant for the second-generation Volt in development.
“We are a fully reversible aftermarket accessory,” says Plugless brand and marketing manager Steve Cummings. As such, the inductive WEVC installations do not affect OEM conductive charging equipment, the says, nor violate factory warranties. Nor do they affect vehicle appearance or ground clearance.
Made in the USA, Fully Warranted
Evatran’s Plugless warranty covers damage to the electric cars’ factory system, with Evatran guaranteeing to pay for repairs. “We can happily do that because it’s never been an issue,” Cummings told F&F.
Kits for the U.S. are manufactured in Richmond, Va.
Evatran earlier this year formed a joint venture with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology, a Tier 1 supplier of brake and other components in China, to help commercialize Plugless products there (F&F, July 15). The partners demonstrated the technology at November’s Automechanika automotive exhibition in Shanghai.
Hitting the Luxury Market, Fleet Discounts Too
Closer to home, Cummins confirms Evatran will celebrate a WEVC first, as Plugless equipment will grace the parking garage of the 500 Walnut luxury condominium in Philadelphia. The project was recently detailed by CleanTechnica.
Evatran claims more than 850,000 hours of successful WEVC operation. And while Plugless equipment is aimed primarily at consumers, Evatran promotes its willingness to discuss sales to fleets as well.
“When we have had volume orders we have offered volume discounts,” Cummings says.
Ned freeman is Plugless sales VP.
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Source: Evatran with Fleets & Fuels follow-up