SAIC-GM-Wuling presents battery pack for commercial vehicles

The Chinese joint venture SAIC-GM-Wuling has presented a battery pack for electric vans. It is said to be the thinnest battery pack for this area of application to date.

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As reported by CN EV Post, the battery pack called Wuling Red 1 is said to be only 14.8 cm deep. This was announced by SAIC-GM-Wuling on its Weibo channel, according to the portal. This should allow more space in the cargo area of commercial vehicles compared to conventional batteries. The fast-charging, liquid-cooled battery is already set to roll off the production line and will initially be used in the joint venture’s upcoming delivery vans. We have not yet reported on a diversification of the vehicle portfolio in this direction.

It is not known whether SAIC-GM-Wuling manufactures the cells for the battery pack itself or purchases them from a supplier. Apart from the depth, only a few parameters are known about the battery itself. The cells should still offer more than 80 per cent of their original capacity after more than 4,000 complete charge/discharge cycles. CN EV Post quotes a charging time of 30 minutes to get from 30 to 80 per cent SoC. The pack is also said to have a sophisticated temperature control system.

SAIC-GM-Wuling is a joint venture founded in 2002 between SAIC, GM and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile, headquartered in Liuzhou in southwest China. The company sells both combustion and electric vehicles. The latter are based on the GSEV architecture (Global Small Electric Vehicle). The best-known models are the Mini EV, the KiWi EV, the Nano EV and the Air EV. According to a WeChat post from earlier this week, SAIC-GM-Wuling aims to sell 700,000 pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by 2024.


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