|The S18 EV. Click to enlarge.|
China automaker Chery has begun introduced the S18 EV, an all-battery electric vehicle it developed in-house. The S18 electric vehicle has a range of 120 to 150 km (75 to 93 miles) when fully charged, with a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph.).
The S18 features a 336V 40 kW electric drive system, powered by a battery pack built with 40 Ah lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries. At 220V, charge time is 4-6 hours. Fast charging will provide 80% of pack capacity in 30 minutes.
As part of China’s “863” initiative, Chery has developed research and development capabilities in power electronics and electric machines, advanced power batteries and battery management systems.
In addition to its development of the S18 EV, Chery has developed high-performance low-emission gasoline engines (1.6/2.0 CBR VVT); a mild hybrid system (BSG); a high-speed high-pressure common-rail direct injection diesel engine (1.9 TCI); a moderate hybrid System (ISG); and flexible-fuel vehicles (methanol + ethanol + gasoline + CNG). In January, Chery launched its A5 BSG (Belt-Driven Starter Generator) hybrid model.