Chery announces adoption of new energy in automotive industry
Chery Overseas Investment Corporation has announced compliance with new energy in the automotive industry, stating that it has become a national strategy, and the industry is rapidly developing towards electric transformation.
As one of the earliest independent vehicle companies in China to develop new energy vehicles, Chery commenced its research and development of energy-saving and new energy vehicles as early as 1999 and has since established a complete research and development system of new energy technologies, including vehicle integration, core technologies and core component development capabilities.
In a statement made available to The Guardian, Senior Sales Manager, Chery Overseas Investment Corp., Jason Han, said Chery’s new energy products would gradually cover various market segments in the future, including Class A to Class C cars and Class B to Class D SUVs, covering plug-in hybrid vehicles, battery EVs, extended-range EVs, electric four-wheel-drive vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
He said till date, Chery has applied for more than 900 patents in the field of new energy, of which over 600 have been granted, leading in the industry.
He said Chery new energy is a pioneer in the field of new energy vehicles. Through unremitting efforts in research and development for more than 10 years, it has taken the lead in making breakthroughs in the field of lightweight technology, realised the low-cost and green mass production of new energy passenger vehicles based on ‘lightweight aluminium materials, and created a new model for constantly promoting the technological progress of the automotive industry.
According to him, since its development of aluminium-based composite vehicle bodies in 2015, Chery had cooperated with a number of scientific research institutes on national projects, accumulated substantial technical achievements and developed related experimental equipment.
With the deepening of such work, Chery decided to establish a lightweight technology laboratory.
He said in March 2020, Chery New Energy was certified as a “Key Laboratory of Anhui Province in Lightweight Technology of New Energy Vehicles.”
“Chery New Energy Small Ant, the leader of the A000 battery electric vehicle (EV) segment, is the benchmark for lightweight EVs and the first battery EV among independent Chinese brands to be built with an all-aluminium lightweight body.
“This bodywork structure reduces the weight of the whole vehicle by 40 per cent compared with traditional vehicles. Chery’s “3R-BODY” structural design can not only effectively ensure driving safety, but also contribute to the lightweight and manoeuvrability of the whole vehicle, thus effectively extending the cruising range,” he said.
He said since its launch in 2017, Chery New Energy Small Ant had undergone four evolutions and set a number of records: China’s first EV created through positive independent development; the first battery EV built with an all-aluminium lightweight body; China’s first two-door four-seat battery EV with a cruising range of more than 300 km; the first battery EV with an automatic parking function; the best-selling battery EV in its market segment; and the battery EV model with the highest penetration rate in shared mobility.
He added that the end of 2019 saw the official launch of the S61, Chery New Energy’s first all-aluminium lightweight battery-electric SUV. As a core strategic model of Chery New Energy, the S61 integrates the latest cutting-edge technology with consumer demands and aesthetic trends. The launch of the S61 (later renamed “Ant”) provides users with a smarter and greener choice of mobility.
Speaking of the future, he said Chery had formulated the “457” technology development plan which consists of four new energy product platforms, five general subsystems and seven core technologies, including battery EVs, hybrid vehicles, and extended range EVs, fuel cells and so on.