Why didn't anyone think of this before?
Tesla's US-based rivals include Rivian and Lordstown Motors but venture further afield and other promising electric vehicle automakers can be found, such as Aiways. The Chinese EV automaker has now officially revealed more details about its unique "sandwich" battery pack structure. Why is this interesting?
Because it's a world-first structure designed and engineered to prevent leaking coolant from entering the battery module following a serious impact. Reportedly, more than 80 percent of battery safety incidents are the result of coolant leakage, which could lead to a fire. What Aiways has done here is a physical separation between the wet and dry areas of the battery cell by placing an isolation plate between the battery module and cooling plate.
Another added benefit to this is increased insulation, further reducing the rate of heat being transferred from outside the battery module. State-of-the-art algorithms have been developed to "monitor, manage, and communicate real-world power consumption. The deep self-learning function of the algorithm provides accurate feedback on energy expenditure according to driving habits," which will hopefully result in drivers modifying their driving behaviors in order to increase battery life.
For example, the Aiways U5 SUV, which will soon go on sale in Europe, managed a nearly 186-mile range at temperatures below freezing during its 9,300-mile road trip from China to Germany last year. It also set a new Guinness World Record for the longest journey by an electric vehicle prototype.
The U5 can travel about 250 miles on a single charge according to WLTP testing and can rapid charge from 20 percent to 80 percent in just 40 minutes when using a DC charger.
Aiways is also planning future models, such as a production version of the U6ion concept. This potential future Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E fighter was originally supposed to debut at Geneva last March but Aiways had to settle for an online debut instead.