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Aiways Automobiles Co Ltd
IndustryAutomotive
Founded2017; 4 years ago (2017)[1]
Founder
  • Fu Qiang
  • Gu Feng
HeadquartersShanghai, China[2]
Number of employees
251-500+ approx. (2019)[3]
Websitewww.ai-ways.eu
Aiways
Traditional Chinese愛馳汽車
Simplified Chinese爱驰汽车

Aiways Automobiles Company Ltd is a Chinese automobile manufacturer of electric cars founded in 2017. Aiways stands for "AI" (means 'love' in Chinese) is on the way".[2]

History

Aiways was founded by Fu Qiang (Samuel), former China sales chief of Volvo Cars,[4] and Gary Gu in Shanghai in 2017.[5][6]

In August 2019, Aiways acquired a 50 percent stake in Chinese domestic automaker Jiangling Holdings. Jiangling was relaunched as a 50-25-25 three-way partnership with Aiways, Jiangling Motors Corporation Group and Changan Automobile. Aiways paid 1.75 billion yuan ($248 million) acquiring the stake, according to information disclosed by Changan Automobiles. The deal enables Aiways to obtain a license to produce EVs from China regulators and to use Jiangling's auto production plant to increase output.[7] In June 2021, Aiways sold its JMH stake to Jiangxi Guokong Automotive Investment Corporation, a company controlled by Nanchang's municipality, while keeping the production permits.[8]

One of the company's first models, the Aiways U5, was released in November 2018 and has been approved for the EU market.[9]

In January 2021, the company was seeking to raise funds at a price which would value it at over US$2 billion. Aiways also joined Volkswagen Group's CO
2
-pool
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Sales strategy

Sales of the vehicles produced in Shangrao[2] started in December 2019 in China. In Europe, the first models are due to hit the stores in mid-2020. Instead of being carried by ship, the vehicles are to be transported by train, which should reduce the transport time from six weeks to 16 days.[11] The vehicles are to be sold in Germany via Euronics Deutschland, a cooperative chain of independent consumer electronics and white goods retailers. Maintenance and spare parts logistics are to be carried out by the cooperation partner A.T.U.

Facilities

The company has Global headquarters in Shanghai, China plus European headquarters and R&D centre in Munich, Germany.

Shangrao Production Base

Aiways invested ¥13.3 billion in building a factory in Shangrao . The factory is engineered to Industry 4.0 standards  and uses a cloud-based monitoring system developed by Siemens . The plant operates using products from Swiss-Swedish robotics supplier, ABB  which deliver 90% automation across the plant. In the body shop, robots supplied by German company Kuka  join the chassis components and body panels.

The paint shop was built by German plant manufacturer Eisenmann  and the assembly shop was erected by German manufacturing specialists Durr .

The factory currently produces the Aiways U5 and will be able to produce 300,000 vehicles per year  when operating at full capacity.[12]

Battery Production Factory

In 2018 Aiways started producing battery packs at its plant in Changshu, Jiangsu, China. The factory produces Aiways' patented ‘sandwich’ structure battery pack which is used in the Aiways U5 and U6 models.

Notable Technology

  • Battery pack with sandwich structure – the pack is made of 24 high energy density modules[13] supplied by CATL.[14] The battery and electronics were designed in house at Aiways. The sandwich battery structure gets its name from the multi-layer protection separating dry and wet areas within the cell.
  • More Adaptable Structure (MAS) platform – U5 and U6 are built on a modular and scalable vehicle platform  which allows for the fitment of different powertrains

Notable Safety Features

Aiways vehicles come with various Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as standard including:[15]

  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) automatically applies the car's brakes when a pedestrian, cyclist of vehicle passes in front of the car.
  • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) - Between 60 km/h and 120 km/h the system warns the driver if they are about to stray from their lane and makes necessary adjustments to the steering if the driver does not. It also makes an audible warning if the driver's hands are off the steering wheel for more than eight second
  • Blind Spot Detection – alerts the driver with a sound and a light if a vehicle or cyclist is passing in the vehicles blind spot
  • Forward Collision Warning – detects vehicles and pedestrians in front of the car and sounds an alarm if approaching at more than 10 km/h
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert – warns the driver when a vehicle is about to pass behind the car

Production Vehicles

Aiways U5

Aiways' first vehicle is the 4.68m long electric CUV Aiways U5. It was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019 and was launched in China in December 2019. Exports from China began in 2020 and the U5 is now sold in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, La Reunion, and the Netherlands.

In 2021 the U5 was given a ‘facelift’ which included new convenience technology features, new paint colors and a new 63kWh battery.

Aiways U6
Aiways U6

Aiways U6

The Aiways U6 will be the second zero-emission electric vehicle made by Aiways and will go into production in China in September 2021.[16] The aerodynamic design of the U6 is heavily influenced by the U6 ion concept, its design sitting somewhere between coupe and more traditional crossover.[17] The U6 will go on sale in China by the end of 2021 and in Europe at the beginning of 2022.

Concept Vehicles

Aiways U6 ion

The manufacturer's concept car Aiways U6 ion, which was to be presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2020, as an SUV Coupé. Due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic the vehicle could not be delivered from China to Europe. Regardless, the debut was expected to take place remotely through a live conference at the Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland. As the Swiss government banned events with more than 1,000 participants on 28 February 2020 due to the epidemic, the Geneva Motor Show was canceled. The planned press conference finally took place on 3 March 2020 in Leonberg.[18]

Aiways U7 ion
Aiways U7 ion

Aiways U7 ion

The Aiways U7 ion concept car was unveiled at Auto Shanghai in 2019[19] to demonstrate the companies ‘FRM’ concept (family, roomy mobility). It featured a self-learning robot which can move around the vehicle[20] and smart mobile console with touch screen that can move around the cabin.

Supply Chain Partners

Aiways works with various technology suppliers from Europe to manufacture its range of vehicles.[12]

Gumpert Aiways Automobile

Gumpert Aiways Automobile was a subsidiary based in Ingolstadt, Germany, which is managed by Roland Gumpert. The methanol fueled vehicle Gumpert Nathalie was the first model of this company.[21][22]

References

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  3. ^ "China EV startup Aiways will launch SUV in Europe".
  4. ^ "沃尔沃任命付强为中国销售公司总裁/CEO_汽车_凤凰网". auto.ifeng.com. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  5. ^ Shirouzu, Norihiko (25 September 2020). "Electrified by Tesla, Chinese startups are on the charge". Reuters. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  6. ^ "EV Startup Aiways Said to Seek Funds at $2 Billion Value". Bloomberg.com. 21 January 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  7. ^ "Aiways buys majority stake in Jiangling".
  8. ^ "爱驰"割肉"退出江铃控股,陆风汽车重组失败原因何在?" [Aiways "cuts fat" and withdrews from Jiangling Holdings, what is the reason for the failure of Landwind's restructuring?]. sohu.com (in Chinese). 2 July 2021. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Chinese EV Aiways U5 approved for the EU market".
  10. ^ "VW pools emissions with 3 more EV makers to avoid EU fines". Automotive News Europe. 15 January 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  11. ^ Peter Maahn (14 April 2020). "Elektro-SUV aus China zum kleinen Preis". n-tv.de.
  12. ^ a b Cooper, Lanna. "AIWAYS teams up with suppliers to develop U5 all-electric SUV". Startups Magazine. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  13. ^ "Aiways U5 Europe I Electric car". Aiways EU. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  14. ^ "AIWAYS introduces world-first EV battery technology - automobilsport.com". www.automobilsport.com. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  15. ^ "AIWAYS all-electric U5: technology engineered for safety". Media Center of AI-WAYS EU. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  16. ^ "Aiways U6 cross-coupe to launch in Europe this year". topelectricsuv.com. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  17. ^ Lima, Pedro (2 June 2021). "Aiways U6 electric SUV gets closer to mass production - 🔋PushEVs". pushevs.com. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  18. ^ Torsten Seibt (4 March 2020). "Aiways U6 Ion Concept: Elektro-SUV-Coupé aus China". auto-motor-und-sport.de.
  19. ^ "Aiways U7 Ion Concept". ACI. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Aiways U7 Ion Concept Is A Family Friendly All-Electric MPV". Carscoops. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  21. ^ Gerd Stegmaier,Marcel Sommer (12 March 2020). "Elektro-Supersportwagen mit Methanol-Brennstoffzelle: Gumpert Nathalie startet mit Sonderserie". auto-motor-und-sport.de.
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