Aiways / CATL: EVOGO battery replacement partnership

Aiways will develop a first electric car based on the U5, whose batteries will be compatible with the CATL battery exchange system and which will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2022. An agreement was reached between the two partners to jointly develop models vehicles capable of transporting this type of equipment.

Aiways / CATL partner for the EVOGO battery changing system

The battery swapping system is beginning to become a mainstream offering in China. In fact, more and more manufacturers are betting on a standard battery model that offers the possibility of replacing them with others at the exchange station.

This modality could experience accelerated adoption following the agreement between Chinese battery maker CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology) and electric car maker Aiways. Indeed, the two partners will work together to develop the first electric car for individuals using the EVOGO battery swapping system.

Joint development of several models with interchangeable batteries

The two companies will jointly develop several interchangeable battery models based on Aiways’ first electric car, the U5. Their intention is to launch them in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to a statement published by CATL on their official WeChat account.

New modularity feature

CATL’s EVOGO battery swapping system offers something new previously only offered by Ample. It adds the functionality of modularity, allowing the rider to select the modules they wish to replace rather than replacing the entire battery.

To achieve this, CATL had to develop an entirely new battery pack. Owners of Aiways’ new electric vehicles can choose the batteries they need based on their needs.

With the support of CTP (Cell To Pack) technology, it is possible to achieve a gravimetric density of 160 Wh/kg and a volumetric density of 325 Wh/l. In this way, each independent battery module can offer up to 200 kilometers of autonomy.

CATL has designed its new modular batteries to be compatible with 80% of today’s electric cars and with all cars that will be launched in the coming years.

The complete battery swapping system consists of battery packs, called Choco-SEBs, which are mass-produced and specially designed for swapping, stations and a mobile application. The driver can choose the blocks to mount on his vehicle according to the needs of the different kilometers he has to cover.

The first model compatible with EVOGO is the NAT (Next Automatic Taxi) from the Chinese brand FAW Bestune, aimed at the shared mobility market.

Airways aims at the international market

Aiways was founded in 2017 with the aim of becoming an international New Energy Vehicle (NEV) company. Currently it only has one model for sale, the Aiways U5. The company is less active in its home market than its competitors as it is actively expanding into overseas markets. According to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA), Aiways sold fewer than 300 units per month in China in 2021.

For this reason, Aiways is also preparing to launch the battery swapping system in overseas markets, where it will offer customers two ways to charge their electric car. On the one hand the classic charging contract via private and public charging stations and on the other hand via the EVOGO exchange system.

Our opinion, from

Aiways is already preparing to launch its second model, the Aiways U6, which has just completed its winter tests in extreme temperatures below 30 degrees.

The agreement with CATL and the new modularity feature should open many doors for him.

Sources: CATL, Airways

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