BEIJING – Hangzhou Changjiang Passenger Vehicle Co., Ltd. (Changjiang EV) appeared on the List of Newly Added Vehicle Manufacturers released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on December 4, marking the official production approval for its battery electric vehicle project, which will officially go into operation in 2018.
Changjiang EV received approval from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in May 2016 for its BEV production project with an annual production of 50,000 units, and is among the 15 new manufacturers that have received NDRC approval so far. It is also the fifth among the 15 that has also obtained MIIT production approval after BAIC BJEV, Yudo NEV, JMC NEV and ZD.
Changjiang EV is located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, covering an area of over 80 hectares with an investment of ¥5.1 billion. It has four vehicle production bases including the Hangzhou core plant, Kunming bus plant, Gui’an base and a CKD production base dedicated to the U.S. market. It has also set up a New Energy Vehicle R&D Center and IOV Big Data R&D Center in Beijing.
Changjiang EV was committed to developing new electric vehicles that are safer and meet customers’ demand, and has developed the “wheel-side drive axle+cell+BMS+VMS” system, to form a unique core technology system of electric vehicle and serialization product portfolio layout covering multi-variety models such as electric buses, passenger vehicles and logistics vehicles. There are three vehicle platform architectures developed by Changjiang EV for NEVs, including the commercial vehicle platform architecture SECA, the logistics vehicle platform architecture SETA and the passenger vehicle platform structure SEPA.
Cao Zhong, chairman of Changjiang EV, pointed out that the development of Changjiang EV will enter into a new phase. “Changjiang EV will focus on technology innovation and create quality products to make Chinese auto brands stand on the top of global new energy vehicle industry,” said Cao.
Changje, a U.S.-based joint venture company set up by Changjiang EV’s parent company FDG Electric Vehicles Limited, procured 90 high-end logistics EVs and 1,755 sets of key EV components from Changjiang EV in August, and they were exported in September for delivery. It marked the first time that China has exported a large quantity of high-end logistics EVs to the U.S.