|The Jie Xun hybrid.|
Chang’an Automobile—China’s fourth-largest automaker and partner of Ford Motor and Suzuki Motor, has begun production of the mild-hybrid Jie Xun mini wagon. The hybrid is the first in production in China featuring all-domestic hybrid drive system technology, developed under the auspices of the China Ministry of Science and Technology’s Project 863.
Six years in development, the Jie Xun hybrid offers functions such as start/stop, power assistance and regenerative braking, and reduces fuel consumption by more than 20% compared with a comparable conventional vehicle, according to Xu Liuping, president of Chang’an Automobile.
The company will donate ten of the hybrids to the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Among the technologies Chang’an developed for the hybrid are:
An new engine system with variable intake and variable compression ratio.
An ISG electric motor and control system.
Battery and management system.
A hybrid control unit, developed in cooperation with TNO Company (The Netherlands).
Information display system.
- A test platform for hybrid powertrains.
In addition to continuing its work with hybrid technology, Chang’an plans to focus on hydrogen, all-electric and biofuel vehicle research. The company said that it plans to invest 4 billion yuan (US$543 million) over the next three years for research and development.