|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”.