China’s ZTE Working On 30 kW Wireless Charging

JUL 17 2015 BY MARK KANE 2

Wireless charging

Wireless charging

China’s largest telecommunications equipment company ZTE Corporation is working on high-power wireless charging.

According to Green Car Congress, ZTE’s inductive charging WPT module can deliver up to 30 kW of power.

“At a China-US workshop on electric vehicle standardization held in June (earlier post), Academus Tian, VP of ZTE New Energy Vehicle Co., presented an overview of ZTE’s efforts in wireless power transfer (WPT).

Tian said that ZTE’s inductive charging WPT module has a potential capacity of up to 30 kW, with a gap of 20 cm and efficiency of up to 90%. The footprint of the device is less than 1 m2; frequency is 85 kHz. ZTE, which has aggressively partnered with a number of passenger and commercial vehicles makers over the past few years, has recently launched a series of commercial vehicle (bus) WPT trials.”

There is a lot of going on with wireless charging in China. Over 20 cities signed MOUs to deploy public wireless charging, while six already launched some projects. ZTE began a pilot project with bus manufacturers:

  • In September, in a joint R&D project between ZTE and Dongfeng Automobile, the first pre-commercial bus route in China deploying new-energy vehicles equipped with the ZTE high-power wireless-charging system went into operation in Xiangyang, Hubei.
  • In February 2015, ZTE launched a trial in Chengdu with two community buses (18 seats) on a 5 km (3.1 miles)route, partnering with the Shudu Group.
  • Also in February, ZTE launched a WPT trial for scenic shuttle buses in Dali City (Yunnan) on an 8 km (5 miles) route.
  • In March 2015, ZTE partnered with Hauer Auto to launch a wireless charging bus demonstration in a frigid climate (Changchung, with winter working temperatures around -26 ˚C (-14.8 ˚F)), using three 45-seat city buses on a 15.6 km (9.7 miles) route.
  • Also in March 2015, ZTE launched the trial of the largest capacity wireless charging system yet: 20 chargers that can support up to 100 12.5 meter buses in Zhengzhou.
  • Finally, the company is developing another trial at its own headquarters, with two charges supporting shuttle buses on the 12 km HQ-R&D line. The vehicle partner is Wuzhoulong Vehicle.

Source: Green Car Congress, U.S.-China Workshop on Electric Vehicle
Technology and Standardization 

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2 Comments on "China’s ZTE Working On 30 kW Wireless Charging"

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How useless, costly for no reason. For far less, much more eff, cooler you can have an automatic power arm.

If they say that the footprint is less than 1 square metre, you know that it means that the footprint is _almost_ 1 square metre, which is a lot.

If they say the efficiency is up to 90%, you know that in reality efficiency is less than that.

However, I think it’s good that they’re working on it. While I prefer the idea of mechanical plugging for controlled locations and durations in low number of minutes, wireless charging could be useful for short stop-and-go situations like taxi ranks and bus stops. Wireless could also have the advantage of being covered and harder to vandalize.

And people with too much money might like 10kW to 20kW wirelss charging so they can have their car park itself and come when summoned.