Plugless Power Wireless Charging Coming To China

JUL 31 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 4

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Evatran, manufacturer of the Plugless Power wireless electric car charging system, has announced that it formed a joint venture with China’s Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company.  The projected is seeded with a $5 million (US) investment.

The formation of this joint venture will allow Evatran to sell its wireless chargers in China directly to OEMs, such as BYD.

In January, VIE – the giant auto part maker based out of Zhejiang Province, China,  increased its investment in Evatran (up to $3.2 million) as a lead investor, with an eye to eventually bring this project into China.

Here’s the press release on the matter:

Evatran Group, Inc. (“Evatran”) and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company(“VIE”) have formed a joint venture to integrate Plugless, Evatran’s wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system, into the EVs of car manufacturers (OEMs) based in China. The new venture is called Zhejiang VIE Evatran Electronic Technologies Co. and was created with an initial investment of $5 million (USD).

The joint venture 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.

“China is the fastest growing EV market in the world, and we see tremendous opportunities in bringing Plugless technology to the market,” said Evatran CEO Rebecca Hough. “VIE is the perfect partner in this joint venture, working together toward another first with Plugless – series production of wireless EV charging.”

Evatran is the world’s leader in wireless EV charging, and Plugless is the first and only wireless EV charger available for purchase by EV drivers. In 2013, Evatran completed field trials in partnership with Google, Hertz, SAP and Duke Energy. In March of 2014, Plugless EV charging became available to EV owners across the United States and Canada.

Currently, Plugless supports 3.3kW charging for Chevy Volt, Nissan LEAF and Cadillac ELR EVs. Plugless is now also taking reservations for its interoperable 2nd Generation Plugless system, releasing first as a 7.2kW system for the Tesla Model S, then a 3.6kW system for the 2016 and 2017 Chevy Volt. Full production of the 2nd generation system begins early fall 2016.

About Evatran

The Plugless™ Level 2 EV Charging System, developed by Evatran™, is the first wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system on the market in the world. Plugless offers customers a simple way to charge their EVs with the ease of wireless technology. Originally founded in 2009, Evatran is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia and is the market leader in meeting consumer demand for high-power inductive EV charging products across the USA and Canada. To learn more about Plugless visit www.pluglesspower.com.

About VIE

Headquartered in Zhuji City, Zhejiang Province, China, VIE is a Tier 1 automotive manufacturer which services both China-based OEMs and the global automotive market. VIE went public in 2011 on the Shenzhen Security Exchange (SHE:002590) and, across the whole VIE group surpassed $1.69B USD in sales in 2015. VIE specializes in the development and manufacture of major automotive parts and has led the development of a number of state and trade standards across China.

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4 Comments on "Plugless Power Wireless Charging Coming To China"

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Ok, China is the biggest EV market so it makes sense to expand there first. But anyone know if there are any plans to sell in Europe?

Why does it make sense to expand in China first ?
If non-Chinese carmakers(Big Auto) were making and selling affordable long-range EVs in the US and worldwide NOW -instead of just dragging their feet till 2017-18 we’d have a massive global EV market everywhere by now.
Also: wireless charging would increase the appeal of EVs anywhere and everywhere.
Please, please stop uncritically accepting carmakers’ favourite “China first” cop-out alibi for endless procrastination elsewhere.
Paul G
Editor Electric Vehicles UK
www_EVUK_co_uk

Funny I wrote that about China trying to avoid replies like “well it’s a much bigger market etc…” but I actually believe they should do something about European countries first. I’m with you on this, I don’t see why we don’t deserve to have access to new technology and EVs as soon as they’re available. GM is doing that to us as well.

Will this be installed only in charging stations or in the highways to charge the EV while on the run.

Definitely this will make sense to Europe as well since the highway network is much smaller than US / China and so it can be easily covered.