The California-based Phoenix Motorcars, manufacturer of fully-electric, medium-duty vehicles, partners with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL), a leader of new energy innovative technologies, for the co-development of batteries for Phoenix Motorcars’ product lines, according to Electric Cars Report.
“We are thrilled to be working with CATL, one of the world’s leading battery manufacturers and solution providers, as we develop and produce our Gen 4 medium-duty vehicles and explore further cooperation including Gen 5 ground-up chassis vehicles and EdisonFuture (Gen 6) line of light-duty vehicles over the next few years.” said Phoenix Motorcars CEO Dr. Lance Zhou.
Support for Phoenix’s commercial EV’s battery solutions and related products
The MOU will support the battery solutions and related products’ long-term supply for Phoenix’s commercial EVs, including Gen 4 vehicles and the possible cooperation on Gen 5 and EdisonFuture (Gen 6) models in the future.
“This MOU will ensure stability and security of essential battery supply. We are also very keen on the E-rolling chassis technology from CATL, which would enable the simplified, highly integrated and light weighted design of e-chassis to achieve higher energy efficiency in commercial vehicles.” said Zhou.
E-rolling chassis technology deployment
In addition, the two agreed to explore the opportunity to deploy E-rolling chassis technology in Phoenix vehicle models.
“Collaboration with partners such as CATL is central to our ‘asset light’ strategy and adds to our confidence that we will deliver our enhanced product lineup on time, within budget and with maximum quality,” Zhou added.
Produced for commercial vehicles by its subsidiary Suzhou Synland Technology Co., Limited, CATL’s E-rolling technology is a separate frame construction chassis solution that incorporates coaxial e-beam, battery pack, frame and electronic devices and, in turn, is integrated with the power domain controller.
The innovative technology supports different vehicle types, which include light trucks, pickups, vans and RVs.
Executive President of Overseas Commercial Application, CATL, Li Xiaoning, said, “We are glad to cooperate with industry pioneers like Phoenix Motorcars, and we believe the successful cooperation with Phoenix will further promote the application of advanced technologies in commercial vehicles,”
“This cooperation not only expands our global network of commercial application business, but also reflects our determination to promote comprehensive electrification with innovative battery solutions, thus contributing to the global efforts towards carbon neutrality.”