Electrovaya Inc. says it has begun delivering its electric vehicle (EV) battery systems to DongFeng Motors (DFM), one of China's major automotive OEMs.
The company's lithium ion Superpolymer 2.0 batteries and associated battery management system will be integrated into two separate EV platforms from DFM, the companies say. Sub-assemblies consisting of mechanical, thermal, electrical and electronics components are also a part of the supply contract.
‘DFM plans to deliver a significant number of electric vehicles over the next 10 years,’ says Joseph Chao, Electrovaya's senior consultant for the Chinese EV market. ‘This is a critical contract for both groups. DFM presently manufacturers over 3.5 million vehicles in China, and its electric vehicle program has the potential to become one of the major players in the Chinese market.’
‘This is the start of a development program which will evolve through a series of prototype units as we showcase our next-generation battery systems for the electric vehicle market,’ adds Dr. Rajshekar Das Gupta, vice president of Electrovaya.