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First Automobile Works (FAW) – China’s Aggressive Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Manufacturer – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. In Part 1 we look at the history of First Automobile Works (FAW) and its collaboration with Toyota. In this Part article, we will discuss FAW’s recent progress in bringing hybrid nozzles to market.

China FAW Group Corporation is currently considered the number one automaker in China, and is also one of the oldest in the industry, dating back to 1953. FAW Group, or more commonly known simply as FAW, has a broad product base. , from passenger cars, mini (utility) vehicles, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and vans, to commercial trucks, buses and coaches.

Hybrid coach CA6100SH8

Since the early 1990s, many global bus chassis manufacturers have followed FAW’s lead by investing heavily in research and development of a commercially viable hybrid drive bus platform. With a strong code of environmental responsibility, FAW prioritized the development of new cutting-edge hybrid bus chassis in early 2002 that could reduce vehicle emissions and increase fuel economy.

Foreseeing the potential of new FAW technology, the project received full support from China’s central government, which has taken an aggressive stance within the current 5-year national development plan to reduce both emissions and fuel consumption worldwide. country. Through the joint efforts of the FAW Group Research and Development Center and FAW Bus & Coach Company, the Wuxi Division of FAW Bus & Coach completed two hybrid bus prototypes on December 10, 2005.

The factory is now ready to start mass production of the new hybrid municipal transit bus CA6100SH8, designed for today’s increasingly popular BRT (bus rapid transit) systems and traditional downtown public transport. This revolutionary new model with 10 patents patented offers a 38% increase in fuel economy and a 30% reduction in emissions, compared to traditional buses. With a Euro 3 emissions rating, the new 80kW parallel hybrid powertrain is scheduled to achieve Euro 4 certification by the end of 2006.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, twenty of these CA6100SH8 hybrid buses, called hybrid “city buses”, successfully completed field tests on actual passenger routes within the Olympic sector. The “City Bus” hybrid buses employed Enova System_s pre-transmission hybrid powertrains and “exceeded all expectations,” according to Liu Minghue, executive director of engineering for FAW’s hybrid-electric transit bus trial.

Jiefang CA6120URH Hybrid Bus

This month, Enova confirmed that it has delivered the first seventy (70) pre-transmission hybrid powertrains to First Auto Works. FAW has ordered an additional one hundred and fifty (150) hybrid powertrains for delivery in 2009. The Enova powertrain will be integrated and branded on FAW buses under the hybrid name Jiefang CA6120URH. Jiefang’s 12-meter (40-foot) low-floor hybrid bus can carry 103 passengers and travel at a maximum speed of 85 kilometers per hour (km/h) or 53 miles per hour (mph). The bus meets Euro III emission standards. It will consume just 30 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (equivalent to 7.84 miles per gallon) and discharge 20 percent fewer emissions.

According to a report by busesline.com, the Dalian municipal government has ordered 150 of the Jiefang hybrid buses. Fifty of them will be operating in the city during the Davos summer event, which is the Annual Meeting of New Champions 2009, held by the World Economic Forum from September 10 to 12, 2009. In October, another 100 Jiefang hybrid buses will enter in use in the city of Changchun, capital of northeast China’s Jilin Province.

Inauguration of the new hybrid bus plant in Dalian

To keep up with China’s central government’s goal of 500,000 electric and hybrid vehicles in the coming years, FAW Group Corporation held a ground-breaking ceremony for its new energy bus plant in the Dalian Economic and Technological Development Zone. on June 5. Attendees at the ceremony included officials from Dalian City, Chairman Xu Jianyi of FAW Group, and Vice Chairman Qin Huanming of FAW Group.

The construction of the new production base of the new energy vehicle is one of the important parts of the development plan of FAW Group. The construction of the new plant is scheduled to be completed in July 2010. The annual production capacity of the plant is expected to reach 3,000 units, including 1,500 hybrid buses, before the year 2013.

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