PARIS â€“ Chinese auto maker BAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. shows a new electric vehicle prototype to Beijingâ€™s governor, thanks to help fromSA and two of its partners in a French consortium, motor maker Leroy Somer and axle maker GKN Driveline.
Details of the vehicle were not immediately available, but in a releasesays the demonstration car is the result of a contract signed in 2009 with BAIC aimed at bringing an electric vehicle to market in 2011.
Valeo says the system includes a synchronous permanent magnet electric motor, an inverter, DC/DC converter, transmission, charger and electronic control unit. It does not mention the battery, but says the BAIC carâ€™s motor has â€śa large operating speed range.â€ť
At the Paris auto show in October, Valeo demonstrated an electric drive train made with Leroy Somer and GKN Driveline. That partnership also included the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture for the battery and Leoni SA for wiring.
The synchronous motor in the Paris vehicle â€“ a transformed Citroen C3 Picasso â€“ was said to turn at 10,000-15,000 rpm, while the wheels turned at 1,000 rpm at 62 mph (100 km/h).