SAIC-GM-Wuling presents battery packs for commercial vehicles

SAIC-GM-Wuling
SAIC-GM-Wuling

As “CN EV Post” reports, the battery pack called Wuling Red 1 is only 14.8 cm deep. According to the portal, SAIC-GM-Wuling announced this on its Weibo channel. This should allow for 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 first be used in the joint venture’s upcoming delivery vans. We have not yet reported on diversifying the vehicle portfolio in this direction.

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

SAIC-GM-Wuling is a joint venture between SAIC, GM and Liuzhou Wuling Automobile founded in 2002 and headquartered in Liuzhou in southwest China. The company sells both combustion engines and electric vehicles. The latter are based on the so-called 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 posting from earlier this week, SAIC-GM-Wuling is targeting sales of 700,000 pure electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by 2024.

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