Datong unveils 1st electric heavy truck with swappable battery

(goshanxi.com.cn) Updated: 2024-05-15


On a roll: Datong's new heavy electric truck is set to make waves in the market. [Photo/Datong Daily]

Datong celebrated a significant turning point in its green transportation on May 14, with the launch of its first heavy electric truck featuring a swappable battery underbody.

Developed by truck and bus maker Shaanxi Automobile Group Co, Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co, or CATL, Shanghai Xeazon and Pangood Power, the peacock blue truck is set to establish a new standard in the city's new energy commercial vehicles sector.

The launch is understood to underscore Datong's commitment to becoming a hub for high-end equipment manufacturing and fostering new growth drivers.

In line with the national dual carbon goals and the green development strategy, the project is viewed as highlighting the city's proactive approach to seizing opportunities and developing competitive advantages.

The local government has heavily supported the project, in a bid to ensure its swift progress and position Datong at the forefront of the new energy heavy truck market.

The heavy electric truck is specifically designed for coal logistics. It features a 513 kWh battery from CATL and an integrated electric drive axle system from Shanghai Xeazon and Pangood Power.

The truck has a range of over 350 kilometers, with estimated energy savings of 3 percent compared with conventional electric vehicles and over 10 percent compared with natural gas models.

Over a five-year period, it's projected to yield significantly higher profits than conventional vehicles.

The launch event oversaw strategic cooperation agreements and initial orders for 200 units, with strategic orders for 500 units.

Local officials reviewed the truck's safety features, technical specifications and market potential – marking a significant step in Datong city's journey towards its high-quality development and comprehensive transformation.

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