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Posted: August 11, 2009
China opens R+D center for electric cars
(Nanowerk News) The Electrical Automobile Research and Development Centre of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was established on Aug. 8 in Shanghai.
The centre was led by Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT) of CAS and supported by several other institutes, including the institute of electrical engineering (IEE) and the Institutes of Physics (IoP).
The centre will integrate abundant technology accumulation of CAS institutes on lithium ion power battery, electric direct drive system, new type power platform and assembly controlling, whole car integration, automotive electronics, new type car materials so as to promote the research and development of whole cars, said Fan Jianping, director of the R&D centre.
Researchers in the centre have developed sample car of the first and second generation of household electrical automobile. The sample cars can run for 150 kilometres once charged and go at a maximum speed of 150km/h.