Chery's First High-speed BEV S18 Passed National Collision Test

Chery's First High-speed BEV S18 Passed National Collision Test

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Recently, Chery’s first independently developed high-speed BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) S18 has successfully passed the national collision test of China, fully confirming the structural safety of Chery S18. After the test, no obvious eversion was found in fender flares. It kept appearance integrity, with column A being as solid as original and all airbags being activated. Besides, there is no damage to batteries and interiors as well. With high scores, S18 proved to customers the reliable safety performance of new-energy vehicles. As a matter of fact, except for the advantage of safety, the more profound meaning for launch of S18 is that, Chery has gained sustainable advantage in the three core technologies of electric vehicles, including battery, electrical control system and power management, all of which indicates that Chery is at the same level with world renowned auto companies in the field of new-energy cars.

Going off-line in February this year in Wuhu, China, this model of S18 is a high-speed EBV developed based on S platform of Chery. Chery S18, with a 336V, 40kw electric driving system and 40Ah lithium iron phosphate battery, achieves zero emission and zero pollution. It only takes four to six hours to charge the battery completely by a 220V civil power supply or thirty minutes to charge 80% of the battery under a quick charging mode.  Top speed set at 120 Km/h, S18 travels as far as 120 Km-150 Km once fully charged. S18 is expected to be put into mass production next year, followed by Tiggo3 EV, M1-EV; hybrid Chery A5 BSG, A3-ISG; and Fengyun2 BSG. Different from the previous new-energy cars which are considered to be concept, Chery intends to make all these new-energy models into mass production as soon as possible, so as to realize the goal of environmental protection, safety, and practicality of new-energy cars.

As early as the company was established, Chery has long stuck to the principle of “Safety, Energy Saving, Environment Friendliness” and devoted itself to the research and development of environment-friendly products. Since 2001, based in Wuhu, China, Chery started its research and development work worldwidely in the field of new energy. In 2009, the first hybrid A5 BSG was launched in Wuhu, which makes a start for civil use of new-energy technology in China. After that, Chery’s first independently developed BEV S18 ran offline in February. In April, another four models of new-energy vehicles, including Tiggo3 EV, M1 EV, A3 ISG, and Fengyun2 BSG, were debuted at 2009 Shanghai Auto Show. A series of new models brought forth by Chery indicates its bright future in the field of new energy.

Presently, Chery possesses the largest and most advanced research and development capability in the filed of new energy in China and it carries 17 scientific research projects, among which 15 are national projects. Within 2-3 years, the current R&D center for research and development of new-energy vehicles will turn into a department, which is forecasted to form an independent sales company of its own within 5 years to exploit new distribution channels and establish new distribution network for new-energy vehicles. Meanwhile, Chinese government offers subsidy to promote application of new energy technologies and encourage Chinese independent car makers, represented by Chery, to increase their efforts in research and development of new energy. Since 2006, Chery has achieved more than 30 technology breakthroughs in the field of hybrid, fuel cell, flex fuel, and energy-saving and environment-friendly technologies for traditional gasoline engines, forming a full technology research and development system of new energy. Currently Chery has been awarded more than one hundred intellectual property rights and 1600 authorized patents, making it the auto company with the most patents in China and the only one who has got the first prize of National Advancement of Science and Technology, the most authoritative prize in the field of advancement of science and technology. As we all see, Chinese independent auto makers, represented by Chery, have explored sufficient experiences and gained successful outcomes along the way of industrialization of fundamental research, technology breakthrough, technology development and advanced achievements. All the original car makers are transforming into manufacturers of auto products and auto technologies.