JAC Motors, a Volkswagen-backed Chinese language automaker, is ready to launch the primary mass-produced electric vehicle (EV) with a sodium-ion battery by its new Yiwei model. Though sodium-ion battery tech has a decrease density (and is much less mature) than lithium-ion, its decrease prices, extra plentiful provides and superior cold-weather efficiency may assist speed up mass EV adoption. CarNewsChina reports that the JAC Yiwei EV hatchback deliveries will start in January.
Yiwei is a brand new model in 2023 for JAC. Volkswagen has a 75 % stake in (and administration management of) JAC and owns 50 % of JAC’s mother or father firm, Anhui Jianghuai Vehicle Group Holdings (JAG). The Chinese language authorities owns the opposite half of JAG, making for one of many auto business’s stranger pairings.
The Yiwei EV seems to be a rebranded model of the Sehol E10X hatchback (above), introduced earlier this yr. CarNewsChina describes the Sehol mannequin as having a 252 km (157 miles) vary with a 25 kWh capability, 120 Wh / kg vitality density, 3C to 4C charging, and a HiNa NaCR32140 cell. When JAC revealed the Yiwei model in Might, it mentioned it might drop the Sehol label and rebrand all its autos to both JAC or Yiwei, main us to this week’s EV reveal. JAC hasn’t but mentioned whether or not the Yiwei-branded mannequin will maintain the E10X moniker.
In April, JAC showcased a separate EV referred to as the Yiwei 3 on the Shanghai Auto Show. That mannequin launched in June with an LFP lithium battery, promising the sodium-ion variant would launch later.
The brand new Yiwei EV reportedly makes use of cylindrical sodium-ion cells from HiNA Battery. JAC assembles the batteries within the firm’s modular UE (Unitized Encapsulation) honeycomb construction, much like CATL’s CTP (cell-to-pack) and BYD’s Blade. The structure can present for larger stability and efficiency.