People’s Daily. China has developed its own electric vehicle motors after more than a decade of research, according to Wen Xuhui, top researcher of the electric vehicle project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ (CAS) Institute of Electrical Engineering.
China has proprietary intellectual property rights for the asynchoronous drive motors and the permanent magnet synchronous motors for electric vehicles.
“Some of the newly-developed motors have been used in electric vehicles produced by major Chinese automobile manufacturers,” Wen said.
Four electric buses driven by alternating current motors are being piloted on Beijing’s No. 121 bus line ahead of the upcoming 2008 Olympics.
“A dozen or so electric buses will hit the road soon,” Wen said.
Scaled production of fuel-cell buses, hybrid-electric buses and battery-electric buses are key tasks in China’s 11th Five-Year Program from 2006 to 2010.
Though great progress has been made in China’s hybrid automobile industry, experts maintain that its level of technology still lags far behind more advanced international standards. Experts urged the Chinese government to do more to support the production of hybrid cars in China.