Magna to develop electric vehicle architecture for BAIC Group in China

Magna to develop electric vehicle architecture for BAIC Group in China

BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co., Ltd.), and Magna have announced that they will jointly develop a next generation smart electric vehicle architecture for the Chinese market.

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China is currently the leading market for electric mobility in the world, with around 700,000 electrified cars sold in 2017. By 2020, the number of all-electric cars on China's roads is forecast to reach around five million, due in part to subsidies and quotas by the Chinese government.

Magna Steyr was selected to be BAIC's partner due to its innovative and cost-effective solutions throughout its complete vehicle manufacturing and engineering services as well as its full scale electronic/electrical architecture and lightweight technologies.

"We are proud to develop the next generation of advanced smart EV architecture together with BAIC," said Günther Apfalter, President of Magna Europe & Magna Steyr. "This is a further big step forward for Magna in vehicle electrification for the Chinese market."

The agreement was signed on April 8, 2018 in Beijing, China, between Günther Apfalter, President Magna Europe & Magna Steyr, and Xu Heyi, Chairman of BAIC Group (pictured).

Eberspaecher opens new electrical heater plant in China

Eberspaecher opens new electrical heater plant in China

With a ceremonial official start of production, Eberspaecher has opened a new production plant for electrical heaters in Tianjin.

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It will focus on manufacturing high-voltage heaters for battery electric and hybrid vehicles. In so doing, the company is strengthening its local presence and expanding its capacities for the rapidly growing Chinese passenger car market, especially for battery electric vehicles.

"The Eberspaecher Group is expanding worldwide. We are delighted that our long-standing expertise and presence on site is now being rewarded with new orders, in particular, for battery electric and hybrid vehicles," emphasised Managing Partner Heinrich Baumann during the ceremony. "With the new plant, we are expanding our capacities and making an important contribution to electric mobility in China," Baumann added.

The final expansion phase will enable the plant to produce up to one million electrical high-voltage heaters per year for battery electric vehicles in the future.

The plant in Tianjin is situated in the Beichen industrial park, around 100 kilometres southeast of Beijing. In an area of 5,200 square metres, the automotive supplier produces mainly electrical high-voltage coolant heaters and low-voltage air heaters for passenger cars.

The high-voltage products will be manufactured for battery electric vehicles by Chinese as well as international joint venture vehicle manufacturers for the Chinese market. The low-voltage products are also destined for international markets.

In addition, the plant will manufacture fuel operated vehicle heaters for passenger cars and commercial vehicles as well as special-purpose vehicles such as recreational and ambulance vehicles.

In future, the plant will operate in the production network with the German sites in Herxheim and Hermsdorf, which is currently also undergoing a programme of expansion. The central items of the electrical heaters, the PTC ceramics, are developed and manufactured there.

Eberspaecher has been manufacturing electrical heaters in China since 2008. In Beijing, Eberspaecher concentrates on sales and trading operations. Worldwide, the Climate Control Systems area of the Eberspaecher Group manufactures at ten sites in Germany, Poland, China, India, Brazil and Mexico.

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