China: Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën uses the CATL battery replacement system

China: Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën uses the CATL battery replacement system



With the Dongfeng Peugeot Citroën Automobile joint venture, Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has found another automotive partner for its Evogo battery replacement business.

In particular, a battery-swapping version of the Dongfeng Fukang ES600 sedan aimed at the city taxi and ride-hailing market will be available next month. The electric sedan should have a range of 410 km (probably in the Chinese CLTC test circuit).

The Evogo system is based on standard batteries called “Choco-SEB”. SEB stands for Electrical Barrier Exchange and “Choco” is intended to refer to the appearance of SEB, which should be reminiscent of a chocolate bar. Thanks to CATL’s cell-to-packet technology, one of these blocks should enable a range of up to 200 km – with a specification of 410 km, the ES600 probably uses two of these “Choco-SEBs”.

The Dongfeng Fukang ES600 is not an entirely new car: Technically, it is based on the Peugeot 408, a combustion engine sedan that has been available in China since 2014 – that model should not be confused with the new 408 that Peugeot introduced as a combustion engine. crossover sedan. Except for the closed radiator grille (including the charging port), the ES600 is hardly distinguishable from the old Peugeot model. Just under the hood is the technology of the new car.

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Changing the battery should only take three minutes. As an internal CATL source told the “Yicai Global” website, final tests are still being carried out to coordinate the vehicle with the battery replacement stations.

CATL had their own solution for replacing the Evogo battery in January 2022 gifts and in April and Aiways announced the first automotive partner for this. In October CATL formed a joint venture with the SAIC automotive group and the two oil companies Sinopec and China National Petroleum to promote the spread of electric vehicles with replaceable batteries. SAIC wants to produce enough cars under several brands.
yicaiglobal.com, catl.com

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