Johnson Controls-Saft, a Li-ion battery joint venture between Johnson Controls and France-based Saft, will supply the complete battery system for two electric vehicles which will be launched by the Beijing Electric Vehicle Company, a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Industry Company.
Beijing Electric and its parent company, Beijing Automotive Industry Co., have announced plans to produce 150,000 hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles by 2015.
The Johnson Controls-Saft electric battery system will power the C30 and M30 electric vehicles, which are initially launching in an evaluation fleet of 2,000 units beginning later this year. The C30 is an A0 segment subcompact hatchback while the M30 is a small cross-over vehicle based on the same platform. Both vehicles have been adapted with an electric powertrain by Beijing Electric.
The C30 and M30 can travel more than 100 kilometers (62 miles) on a single charge. Johnson Controls-Saft is supplying the complete battery system, which consists of 106 prismatic lithium-ion cells, the battery management system and integrated battery package to accommodate the existing vehicle platform.