Published on December 11th, 2016 | by James Ayre0
Evatran & Zhejiang VIE Show Off Wireless Charging–Enabled JAC iEV6S At Shanghai Automechanika
December 11th, 2016 by James Ayre
Along with its local joint-venture partner Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company, Evatran Group (Plugless) recently demonstrated its wireless electric vehicle charging solution on a JAC iEV6S outfitted with the tech at the Shanghai Automechanika automotive trade show.
The demonstration apparently marks the first time that a wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system has been performed with a production EV that’s been manufactured in China, according to the company press release. Considering the scale and rapid growth of the Chinese automotive and electric vehicle market, that makes the demonstration a notable one. Will Evatran and JIE manage to capture significant market share in China?
On that note, “VIE has numerous automotive manufacturing clients who have expressed interest in a wireless charging program,” according to the release. The tentative Chinese production plan is apparently to begin by early 2018 series production of EVs that can use wireless charging systems.
The press release provides more: “In an industry first, the Plugless system charges over a six-inch (150mm) air gap, and allows 10 inches (254mm) of roadway clearance a necessity in China. The Plugless system can be configured to charge up to 7.2 kW, or roughly 20 to 25 miles of range per hour. The system is rated for installations indoors and out in an extreme variety of weather conditions. Plugless allows for the widest range of misalignment with four to six inches and in any direction, 360˚ from the center of the Parking Pad.”
Evatran CEO Rebecca Hough commented on the news: “We’re pleased with the quick progress of our Joint Venture, and OEM demand is pacing well ahead of schedule. VIE is successfully leveraging longstanding automotive client relationships, and these companies are enthusiastic about how well-designed and production-ready the Plugless system already is.”
As some further background, the joint venture between Evatran and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company — known as the Zhejiang VIE Evatran Electronic Technologies Company — was formed earlier this year with the intent of cracking the growing Chinese EV market.