At the end of December two sodium-ion powered EVs rolled off the production line in China, the first to hit the Chinese market. This comes almost one year on from the first major announcements for sodium ion batteries to be used in EVs, as OEMs pushed to get the vehicles out before the end of the year and meet 2023 targets. JAC’s ‘Flower Fairy’ successfully rolled off the production line on the 27th of December, and JMC Motors’ Yizhi (Easy Ride) EV3 followed on the 28th of December.

The Flower Fairy

Jointly launched by JAC Motors and Hi-Na, the vehicle is expected to begin batch delivery in January. The first test vehicle was unveiled in February 2023 at China’s ‘National Sodium-ion Battery Summit’, following this, it was listed and approved on China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) in October 2023.

Equipped with a 25kWh Na-ion battery supplied by Hi-Na Battery Technologies, it has an energy density of 140Wh/kg at the pack level, allowing a CLTC range of up to 250 km. Additionally it has a fast-charging time that does not exceed 25 minutes for 10% to 80%. The vehicle was released under the Yiwei brand, a joint venture between JAC and Volkswagen Anhui, formally known as Sehol.

The Easy Ride EV3

The Easy Ride EV3 was launched from JMC’s factory in Nanchang, Jiangxi, an A00-class model jointly developed by JMC Motors and Farasis Energy. Similar to the HiNa battery, Farasis provides a layered oxide, hard carbon battery, it hosts an energy density of 140-160Wh/kg giving a 251km range.

Farasis Technology

In 2024, Farasis will…

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