Boston-Power has announced that the company has entered into a multi-year agreement with Beijing Electric Vehicle Company (BJEV), the electric vehicle delivery arm of Beijing Automotive Industry Company (BAIC). As per the deal, Boston will provide battery systems to the Chinese company. Boston-Power’s battery systems will be used in the electric vehicles starting in 2012.
Boston-Power’s award-winning battery systems will support multiple BJEV models and brands. The C70 sedan, which is based on the 9-5 SAAB chassis BAIC acquired in 2009, will be the first model to feature Boston Power’s lithium-ion Swing Power cells. Other BAIC vehicles might also receive such Power packs from Boston.
Production of the C70 sedan will begin this year and it will come out in the fourth quarter of this year itself. It might look somewhat similar to the BAIC C71 concept. The C70 will get a 100-mile range from its 30-kWh battery.
Boston Power had planned to build a battery plant in Massachusetts. But the company’s $100 million request was turned down by the DOE. It later received $125 million from private equity deals and from the government of China. Boston is now building a plant in China.
Boston-Power’s battery systems will be used in hundreds of electric vehicles starting in 2012 and thousands of EVs by 2014.