Johnson Controls-Saft is to supply the complete battery system for two electric vehicle platforms to be launched by the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BEVC).
BEVC is a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Company (BAIC) and together they plan to manufacture 150,000 hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles by 2015.
‘The electric vehicle market in China represents a tremendous growth opportunity for the automotive industry,’ said Ray Shemanski, who leads the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture. ‘While this electric battery system is the first China-specific product designed and developed by our advanced battery team in China, it leverages our… technology currently in production in Europe and the US, and indicates the potential of a quickly growing China market.’
The Johnson Controls-Saft electric battery system will power the C30 and M30 electric vehicles, which are initially being launched as an evaluation fleet of 2,000 units beginning later this year.
The C30 is an A0 segment subcompact hatchback, while the M30 is a small crossover vehicle based on the same platform. Both vehicles have been adapted with an electric powertrain by BEVC.
The C30 and M30 can reportedly travel more than 100km on a single charge. Johnson Controls-Saft is supplying the complete battery system, which consists of 106 prismatic lithium-ion cells, the battery management system and an integrated battery package to accommodate the existing vehicle platform.