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Second production facility: Aiways Thailand plans its own  factory
  • Innovative thermal management: the CATL sandwich battery of the Aiways U5 SUV and Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé ensures high performance even at extremely low temperatures
  • Simple range maximization: With intelligent charging planning and use of the preconditioning option, a lot of range can be gained in winter
  • Safe driving: With the seven tips in the Aiways Winter Guide, you are not only safe, but also comfortable and can enjoy the winter season to the fullest

Shanghai/Munich, November 30, 2023 – The onset of the cold season poses a number of challenges for drivers. This is especially true for drivers of electric cars. The combination of low temperatures, icy roads and the need to optimize energy consumption requires special planning and attention. The Aiways Winter Guide offers valuable tips and strategies to get your vehicle through the winter in the best possible way.


The Aiways U5 SUV and the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé were tested under extreme cold conditions. Both models have withstood a tough testing and validation procedure under real winter conditions in the depths of winter in Heihe in the Chinese province of Heilongjiang. The high-voltage traction battery was exposed to temperatures as low as minus 30°C to ensure the comfortable and safe operation of the vehicles in everyday use.

“The particular challenge for use in extreme climatic conditions at sub-zero temperatures lies in the physical and chemical relationships within the battery cells,” explains Zeeshan Shaikh, Head of Aiways Technical Center Munich. “Temperatures below zero degrees Celsius increase the viscosity of the electrolyte fluid and slow down the transport of electrons, which limits the available discharge capacity and also slows down the charging of the vehicle battery. Our CATL sandwich battery therefore ensures maximum performance in every situation thanks to innovative, state-of-the-art active thermal management.”

EV-specific tips for the winter

To further optimize the range in winter, you can observe the following points, which apply not only to the Aiways models U5 SUV and U6 SUV-Coupé, but to all battery-electric vehicles:

Plan departure times and adjust loading behavior

If you always leave at the same time in the morning and have a charging facility on site, you should end the charging process as close as possible to the departure time.The high charging power of up to 11 kilowatts on a three-phase wallbox heats up the battery pack cells and avoids a “cold start”, which improves the performance of the high-voltage battery compared to a battery that has not been preconditioned.

Use preconditioning of the interior

The new Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé has an efficient heat pump system as standard to heat the interior. Nevertheless, compared to a conventional combustion engine, there is hardly any superfluous waste heat from the drive system to warm up the interior. If you want to maximize your range, you should therefore rely on preconditioning the interior during the charging process. The “auxiliary heating” can also be conveniently started via the Aiways app on a smartphone.

Drive snow-free and with the correct air pressure

The key to maximum efficiency lies in avoiding unnecessary driving resistance. In winter, this applies above all to supposedly mundane things such as meticulously clearing snow from the vehicle. Residues on the hood and roof are a large contact surface for the airstream and thus increase air resistance. The same applies to the tires: too little air pressure results in higher rolling resistance. Both are not only detrimental to driving safety, but also to fuel consumption and thus the range of the vehicle.

General tips for preparing the vehicle for the winter season

  • 1. Adapted tires for optimum safety

Changing to winter or all-season tires is not only required by law in most European countries but is also crucial for your driving safety in the cold season. Below 7 degrees Celsius, winter tires offer better grip and prevent slipping on snow and ice. Check the tread depth and make sure the air pressure is correct. A tread depth of at least 4 mm and regular pressure checks are recommended to ensure optimum driving characteristics.

  • 2. 12V battery check: ready for use even in the cold

The 12V battery also suffers from the cold in winter. Check its condition regularly and keep the connections clean and tight. A battery test before winter helps to avoid unpleasant surprises. In the Aiways U5 SUV, you can easily keep an eye on the battery voltage in the driver info display at all times.

  • 3. Windshield washer system: Clear visibility in all weather conditions

A well-functioning windshield washer system is essential in winter. Top up with antifreeze regularly to prevent freezing. Check that the spray nozzles are working properly and realign them if necessary. This will help you avoid dangerous blind flights caused by dirt and road salt on the windshield.

  • 4. Wiper blades: Effective cleaning of the windshield

Check the condition of your wiper blades. Brittle or damaged wiper blades should be replaced to ensure optimum cleaning of the windshield. Raise the wiper arms in frosty weather to prevent them from freezing and to protect the rubber lips.

  • 5. Interior care against moisture

A clean and dry interior prevents the windows from misting up. Remove dirt and moisture regularly, especially from under the floor mats. Dry floor mats and regular ventilation help to reduce moisture in the vehicle.

  • 6. Check lighting

Good lighting is particularly important in winter. Check all lights regularly to ensure they are working and clean. Replace defective lights immediately to ensure optimum visibility.

  • 7. Don’t forget your winter accessories

Equip your vehicle with an ice scraper and a snow broom. Keep the roof and hood clear of snow to ensure visibility and safety. Snow chains should be ready to hand in the trunk in snowy regions.

With these tips, you and your electric car will be well prepared for the cold season. Regular maintenance and care are the key to safe and comfortable driving in winter.


  • Regional and circular economy: strategic partners Aiways and Phoenix EV (Aiways Thailand) sign a memorandum of understanding with Bio Hub Asia to set up a plant in Chachoengsao province
  • Perfectly integrated: The new assembly plant is to be built on an area of 400 hectares and will later manufacture within the Bio Hub site, not only for the local Thai market
  • Further expansion: The first right-hand drive prototypes of the Aiways U5 SUV, which are to go into series production from 2023, were shown during the signing ceremony


Shanghai/Bangkok, December 02, 2022 – With an investment of more than 40 million euros and the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Bio Hub Asia, Aiways cooperation partner Phoenix EV is laying the groundwork for an assembly plant in Thailand that will produce the first locally produced units of the Aiways U5 SUV and Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé as early as 2023.


Bio Hub Asia in Chachoengsao Province is the first vertically integrated “Bio-Circular-Green-Economy” industrial area in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The project aims to optimize the use of resources, at low cost and without pollution. The planning assumes the establishment of 54 sustainable factories in diverse sectors: From chemicals to energy to medicine and health, to a research and development center for sustainable innovation.

With over 400 hectares of floor space for the vehicle assembly plant and battery assembly plant, a significant portion of Bio Hub Asia is reserved for Aiways and Phoenix EV. Completion of the first phase of construction is planned as early as 2023, allowing the first vehicle to be assembled. Phoenix EV’s CEO, Sakonsak Sirachaiyasit, plans a pilot series of 600 vehicles next year.

The benefits of local production in the Bio Hub promoted by the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) and Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) are multi-faceted. In addition to direct fiscal incentives, the exemption from import duties in particular ensures market-driven pricing. With its assembly plant in Chachoengsao, Aiways is the first Chinese manufacturer in a sustainable environment, accelerating the transformation of the “Detroit of Asia” – Thailand is the largest automotive hub in Southeast Asia and the tenth largest vehicle manufacturing country in the world – toward a lower carbon footprint.

“The idea behind Bio Hub Asia fits perfectly with our company philosophy: we want to create benefits. For our customers, but also for the community and society, by solving the challenges of our time in an intelligent and sustainable way,” says Dr. Alexander Klose, Executive Vice President Overseas Operations at Aiways, enthusiastic about the concept of the new site in Thailand. “The benefits of the Bio Hub also extend far beyond the production of our vehicles; for example, we are also working here with a software company that develops charging solutions and grid stabilization for our infrastructure in Thailand, and we are ensuring fast and efficient development of market-specific product changes with a research team based here.”

For Aiways, this move to Thailand also marks another milestone in the company’s history. As part of the “signing ceremony”, the first drivable prototypes of the right-hand drive version of the Aiways U5 SUV were shown, which will also roll off the production line at the new plant in the future. The RHD version will not only be limited to the Thai market; the Aiways U5 SUV and and a little later also the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé will also be rolled out to other left-driving markets from 2023 as announced.




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About Aiways

Founded in 2017, Aiways is a Shanghai-based personal mobility provider with its European HQ in Munich, Germany. It was the first Chinese start-up to introduce an electric vehicle to the European market with the launch of the U5 in 2020 – a battery-electric SUV with impressive range, style, and quality. Aiways is rapidly continuing its expansion in Europe and beyond: order books are open in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Israel, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Iceland, and Slovenia – with more markets to follow. The U5 SUV is produced at Aiways’ smart production facility in Shangrao – one of the most modern car production facilities in China. The IT-controlled processes with challenging quality gates follow the standards of Industry 4.0. With an initial production capacity of 150,000 units per annum, Aiways can increase this number to 300,000 units when global EV demand rises. Aiways’ next model for Europe will be the battery-electric U6 SUV-Coupé. With a focus on sophisticated aerodynamics, highly connected driving, safety technology, and a sporty design, the U6 SUV-Coupé is just the next chapter of Aiways’ promising future.