JAC Electric Vehicles

wattEV2buy explores the JAC electric car strategy and list the JAC EV models, news, and sales as it vies for a position in the fast-growing EV market.

JAC Motors, China’s 10th largest auto manufacturer is state-owned enterprise officially know as Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd and situated in Hefei, Anhui Province, close the larger Chery Auto. JAC Motors crafted its strategy for the electric vehicle segment, named “The Pure Electric Vehicle Development Plan” in 2002, making JAC an early mover in China and one of the most popular brands. In 2012 the company held the Top 1 position in China and thereby gaining the Top 3 place globally. During the 2015 Beijing Auto Show, the company showcased the largest range of pure electric vehicles, showing its commitment to the technology.

In 2016 JAC launched its latest EV strategy, called i.EV+ to promote and develop New Energy Vehicles in the company.JAC has ten years electric vehicle experience, the latest model series, JAC iEV7, is the seventh generation of its technology and is built on its second EV platform. At the end of March 2017, JAC has sold around 40,000 electric vehicles which covered a distance more than 600 million kilometers, resulting in a reduction of 36,000 tons in carbon emissions.

The company has a dedicated R&D center in Hefei employing close to a 1,000 staff and owning nearly just as many patents. JAC also opened China’s first overseas R&D facilities, one in Turin Italy and another in Tokyo Japan. In 2017 JAC entered into a strategic partnership with VW to develop New Energy Vehicles together for 25 years.

JAC has one of the most confusing model naming policies, and you will not be alone trying to find information on the exact model you are looking for, in general, it seems that the numerator is the technology generation being used. What confuses the picture more is that JAC would introduce a vehicle at an Auto Show, such as the JAC iEV6S SUV in 2016, but then have the production-intent version of the same vehicle a year later with a new name, in this case, the JAC iEV7S SUV, which looks the same but have slightly different specs.

JAC targets 50,000 unit EV sales in 2018 and plans to bring five new models t market, starting with the JAC iEV A50 EV in March 2018.

JAC Plug-in Hybrid Electric Models

JAC Electric Car Strategy in the news

2017 Week 35 AC and Baidu partners on self-driving tech

Chinese automaker, JAC, and China’s Google, BAIDU, this week announced a partnership to develop a Level 3 mass market self-driving car for production in 2019, year after Audi will produce a level 3 capable Audi A8. Baidu launched its autonomous strategy, called Apollo, two months back. The Apollo strategy mimics that of Google, aiming to develop software for autonomous vehicles. Hardware partners to the Apollo program include Bosch. It’s still unclear how the strategic partners will develop the vehicle as testing of autonomous cars is not yet legal on Chinese roads. Baidu, however, has a permit to test autonomous cars on Californian roads. Other automakers, such as Volvo and Ford are targeting Level 4 autonomous vehicles by 2021.

2017 Week 26 VW JAC JV to launch EV SUV in Jan 2018

The VW JAC electric vehicles joint venture signed in Berlin at the start of June 2017 officially kicked off in Hefei, Anhui Province on the 29th of June 2017. The Chinese JV company, JAC Volkswagen Automobile Co., Ltd. with an initial investment of 5.6 billion Yuan ($740 million) will deliver its first electric car in January 2018. According to reports the first EV from the JV will be a fully electric SUV.

2017 Week 6 AC Motors and worlds fourth richest man partner to build cars in Mexico

The world’s fourth richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico, announced this week that he would back the development of a Mexican-produced electric vehicle through his company, Giant Motors in a joint venture with Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest bread maker. The strategy pays off in an environment where many US-based automakers are contemplating bringing production back to the USA amidst President Trumps America First policy environment. Mr. Slim said the electric vehicle would be designed specifically for Mexican conditions. Giant Motor’s and Chinese JAC Motors also entered into an alliance to manufacture vehicles in Mexico’s Hidalgo province.

2016 Week 4 VW and JAC partner on low cost EV

VW announced at the Paris Motor Show that it will develop a low-cost electric vehicle for the Chinese market only in conjunction with its local JV partner JAC (Jianghuai Automobile Company). The company plans to co-develop similar products with its other JV partners, SAIC and FAW by 2020.



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