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Johnson Controls-Saft Supplying NiMH and Li-ion Batteries for Chery and SAIC Hybrids

15 January 2008

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The Chery A5 ISG hybrid will use NiMH batteries from Johnson Controls-Saft.

Johnson Controls-Saft is supplying two Chinese automakers—Chery and SAIC— with NiMH and Li-ion batteries for their emerging hybrid and “new energy” solutions.

Chery will use a NIMH battery system from Johnson Controls-Saft Advanced Power Solutions in its new hybrid A5 ISG sedan to be launched in the latter half of this year. (Earlier post.)

The A5 ISG, as introduced at the 2006 Ninth Beijing International Auto Exhibition, is a parallel hybrid with an all-electric capability at start-up or speeds below 40 kph (25 mph). The hybrid combines a Chery ACTECO 1.3-liter engine with a permanent magnet synchronous motor and a five-speed automatic transmission to deliver the performance of the conventional 1.6-liter A5 model (A516), but with improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

In the first phase of the Chery contract, the NiMH cells will be manufactured in France, development work will be carried out in the US, and battery integration will take place in China. Johnson Controls-Saft has an engineering and manufacturing facility in Shanghai.

Johnson Controls-Saft is supplying lithium-ion batteries to SAIC for use in its demonstration fleet of new energy vehicles. The Li-ion battery systems will be produced in the US, and will be in the vehicles early this year.

At Auto Shanghai 2007, SAIC brought two types of new energy vehicles: a hybrid based on the Roewe 750 and a fourth-generation fuel cell car, branded the “Shanghai”.

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Yep, as one might expect Chinese BYD will not jump to supply any competitors to their auto business with their $300 per kWh nanotech lithium packs. They will likely use their price advantage in batteries to increase their automotive sales faster than their Chinese competitors. For sure Saft is not charging $300 per kWh it is more likely to be $1000 per kWh or $1500.

Whoa Henrik, BYD is at $300/kWh? Nice!

And it's our understanding that the A5 Cheri comes in your choice of five lead-based paint colors... to match the kids' toys.

China needs electric cars much more than we do right now. The more electrics they make and use the less oil they will need ( ie more for us!). they already have more than enough of our money and if the oil prices drive us into a depression they will lose too as we are their best customer.

Think of all the oil money that flows into the Middle East, Venezuela, Russia and elsewhere as the world continues to use more oil. We should be asking ourselves if this is the way we want things to continue to go.

Using less oil worldwide is just a good and wise thing to do. If EV, HEV, PHEV, cellulose ethanol, biodiesel, synfuels and other methods can bring this about, great! Less money pours into these places, less CO2 gets emitted and the air is cleaner. We save money in the bargain too.

fred:

The main difference is that China has huge trade surpluses to buy imported Oil with while USA has huge yearly trade deficits and may have to borrow more (or sell more properties) to pay for imported Oil.

That puts China in a much better position.

Secondly, China can switch to electrified vhicles much faster than us. They have lithium and already have the major world battery producers. China can mass produce PHEV/BEV batteries at 1/3 our cost or less. The same applies to control sub-systems and electric drive motors.

In the few years we will take to produce concept electrified vehicles, China could effectively produce many million of them.

I wouldn't worry too much about quality. The world market will quickly decide which vehicles are the best buy. Look what happened with Japanese and Korean vehicles in the last 25 years?

fred:

The main difference is that China has huge trade surpluses to buy imported Oil with while USA has huge yearly trade deficits and may have to borrow more (or sell more properties) to pay for imported Oil.

That puts China in a much better position.

Secondly, China can switch to electrified vhicles much faster than us. They have lithium and already have the major world battery producers. China can mass produce PHEV/BEV batteries at 1/3 our cost or less. The same applies to control sub-systems and electric drive motors.

In the few years we will take to produce concept electrified vehicles, China could effectively produce many million of them.

I wouldn't worry too much about quality. The world market will quickly decide which vehicles are the best buy. Look what happened with Japanese and Korean vehicles in the last 25 years?

China also went from 2 million cars to more than 20 million cars and are heading towards 10 million per year sold in China. If they can be buying cleaner more fuel efficient cars from the start, instead of having to replace a fleet of them, they are ahead of the game.

ahem:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=f7rrk3ZjN-I
it would be nice if Cheri would focus more on improving crash safety.

OMG... View the Cheri crash test video and understand why this economic miracle will NEVER happen (without a lot of changes):

Despite the fact that modern vehicle design is not what Chinese manufacures are known for, indeed because they have no real reputation at all -yet- they also have no corporate identity, a blank sheet if you will. This very lack of Identity equals low inertia and maximum flexibility.
Dont write these new players off so quikly.

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