First sodium-ion battery-powered EV rolls out in January2023-12-28 13:26 by Daniela
Tags: sodium-ion battery, EV, JAC Motors, Volkswagen
JAC Motors, a Volkswagen-backed Chinese automaker, is set to launch the first mass-produced electric vehicle (EV) with a sodium-ion battery through its new Yiwei brand. This battery tech is heralded as a game-changer for lowering prices of rechargeable stationary and mobility devices, as well as decreasing the strain on the mining of lithium for lithium-ion batteries. CarNewsChina reports that the JAC Yiwei EV hatchback deliveries will begin in January.
Yiwei is a new brand in 2023 for JAC. Volkswagen has a 75 percent stake in (and management control of) JAC and owns 50 percent of JAC's parent company, Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Holdings (JAG). The Chinese government owns the other half of JAG, making for one of the auto industry's stranger pairings.
Although sodium-ion batteries have a lower energy density than lithium-ion ones, they do offer several advantages. According to JAC, they have better low-temperature performance, faster charging speeds, longer lifespans, and increased durability over time. Perhaps most importantly, the batteries use cheaper raw materials, which can enable lower EV prices.
"Sodium-ion batteries will become an important battery type, complementary to LFP batteries, and a low-cost solution that promotes the popularization of mass electric vehicles to masses," said the chairman of Yiwei Tech, Xia Shunli.
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