Tianjin Qingyuan Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd. (QYEV) is building a 165 million yuan (US$21 million) factory capable of producing 20,000 electric powered vehicles a year in the northern port city of Tianjin. The plant will produce cars powered by battery, hybrid power and fuel cells.
It is expected to be completed at the end of 2007.
According to an earlier press release: This car, named “Happy Messenger,” can be used for many purposes, such as a police wagon to patrol urban areas or used to carry goods. It also can be used as a business purpose vehicle, or at scenic sites, sports centers, residences or environment protection areas. People in US will use it in urban areas, military bases, ports and some large research institutions.
They exported 112 battery-powered minibuses to the United States in 2005 and is expected to export more than 500 to the United States in 2006.
The company predicts its annual exports will reach 5,000 electric cars to the U.S and another 5,000 to European and Asian markets within three to five years.
The following are the specifications for the Happy Messenger:
|¡¡Gross weight (kg)||¡¡¡Ü1400|
|Curb weight (kg)||¡¡1050|
|Maximum speed (km/h)||¡¡100|
|¡¡Acceleration performance||¡¡0-400m, ¡Ü20s|
|Range ability (km)||¡¡Constant speed driving mode: 250|
City driving mode: 150
|Motor type||¡¡Asynchronous alternating current motor (water cooled)|
|MotorRated power/peak power (KW)||¡¡20/60|
|¡¡MotorRated torque/maximum torque (N. m)||¡¡53/160|
|¡¡Battery cycle life (80%DOD, testing based on state standard)||¡¡500|
Is this another case of Asian technology leapfroging American technology?