China has witnessed a significant advancement in electric vehicle (EV) technology with two new EV models powered by sodium-ion batteries rolling off the production line. This development marks a pivotal moment, indicating that sodium-ion batteries are moving closer to large-scale application in the EV industry.
Farasis Energy and JMEV’s Collaborative EV Model
The first model, a result of the collaboration between Farasis Energy and JMEV (an EV brand owned by Jiangling Motors Group), is based on JMEV’s EV3. This vehicle is the first all-electric A00-class model powered by sodium-ion batteries. It boasts a range of 251 km and represents a significant step forward for Farasis Energy in partnership with JMEV.
Specifications and Pricing of JMEV EV3
The JMEV EV3 is a compact, all-electric vehicle with a CLTC range of 301 km and a battery pack capacity of 31.15 kWh for its lithium-ion versions. The sodium-ion battery version of this model starts at RMB 58,800, offering a more affordable option with a battery pack capacity of 21.4 kWh and a CLTC range of 251 km.
Farasis Energy’s Sodium-Ion Battery Advancements
Farasis Energy’s sodium-ion batteries currently boast energy densities ranging from 140-160 Wh/kg. These batteries have successfully passed various safety tests, including pin-prick, overcharging, and extrusion tests. Farasis Energy plans to launch the second generation of these batteries in 2024, aiming for an energy density of 160-180 Wh/kg, and further advancements by 2026.
Hina Battery and JAC’s Joint Venture
Another significant development comes from Hina Battery in partnership with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group Corp (JAC). They have introduced a new variant of the Yiwei 3, the first model under JAC’s new Yiwei brand, powered by Hina Battery’s sodium-ion cylindrical cells. Volume deliveries of this model are expected to begin in January 2024.
Future Collaborations and EV Models
Hina Battery and Sehol, a joint venture brand between JAC and Volkswagen Anhui, are also working on a test vehicle based on the Sehol E10X model, equipped with sodium-ion batteries. This model is expected to have a battery pack capacity of 25 kWh, an energy density of 120 Wh/kg, and support fast charging capabilities.
Conclusion: The Rise of Sodium-Ion Battery EVs
These developments in China’s EV sector, with the roll-out of sodium-ion battery-powered vehicles, signal a new era in the electric vehicle market. The collaboration between major battery manufacturers and automotive companies is paving the way for more affordable, efficient, and sustainable electric vehicles, potentially transforming the global EV landscape.