Evatran Group has formed a joint venture with Chinese auto parts manufacturer Zhejiang VIE to market the Plugless wireless EV charging system in China. Plugless is expected to be in series production and commercially available with a China-based OEM by 2017.
The Plugless system went on sale in the US and Canada in 2014. It currently supports 3.3 kW charging for the Volt and the LEAF. The company is now taking reservations for its second-generation system, which will be released first as a 7.2 kW system for the Model S, then as a 3.6 kW system for the 2016 and 2017 Chevy Volt.
“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.”