- No bought-in parts: The new powerful AI-PT permanent magnet synchronous electric motor of the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé is a complete in-house development with many special technical features that make it one of the best in its class.
- Optimum tuning: Thanks to the best possible integration of the engine into the overall vehicle system, the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé is tuned even more efficiently and harmoniously.
- Flexible platform: The More Adaptable Structure of the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé is not limited to just one drive and battery configuration. The focus of the lightweight platform is on high flexibility and a wide range of variants.
Shanghai/Munich, 29 September 2022 – There are only a few weeks left until the premiere of the new Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé. The lifestyle counterpart of the Aiways U5 SUV, which has already been successfully launched in Europe, has not only been revised in terms of body shape, but also in terms of powertrain. For the first time, a self-developed electric motor is used based on the MAS platform (More Adaptable Structure).
Efficiency is the key to success. Achieving the best possible energy utilization is therefore the highest goal for the research and development team at Aiways in Jiading. The drive unit was already impressive in the Aiways U5 SUV. The particularly high-speed unit – at 16,000 revolutions per minute, its value is around 25 percent higher than comparable machines – can be smaller and lighter thanks to its large usable speed range, because it uses less magnetically active material. A good 15 percent of the weight of the optimized permanent magnet synchronous electric machine has been saved, most of which is accounted for by rare earth ores.
The new AI-PT: Competitive advantage through best possible integration
On this basis, the next step has now been taken with the new AI-PT in the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé. The new engine, which was not only developed by Aiways, but is also manufactured in its own factory, has been improved in many areas. “The AI-PT, or Aiways Powertrain, is something very special. It makes us one of the very few car manufacturers that has not only designed its own engine, but also builds it. In this way, we not only achieve the best possible integration into the vehicle, but also have a real competitive advantage thanks to our innovative strength. You won’t find our engine in various other vehicles,” says Dr. Alexander Klose, Executive Vice President Overseas Operations at Aiways, explaining the advantages of in-house development.
Intelligent optimization: better dynamics and maximum comfort in the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé
The increased top performance and improved maximum torque are directly noticeable. With an acceleration time of just 6.9 seconds to 100 km/h, it helps the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé achieve the best value in its market segment. In addition to the dynamics, the comfort of the new AI-PT has also been improved. A modified reduction gearbox with high coincidence has significantly reduced the running noise of the gear drive. Special filter strategies have also been developed to control harmonics in the motor’s electrical circuit, which ensure a significant reduction in the noise perceived by humans and thus significantly increase ride comfort.
New heat exchanger: innovative waste heat recovery from the drive unit for conditioning the battery and interior
Another building block towards greater efficiency is the new package of measures for the best possible temperature management. For the AI-PT, this is handled by a new heat exchanger that not only cools the engine, but also makes optimum use of its waste heat. The thermal energy released by the engine is not discharged unused into the environment but is used to heat the interior or to condition the battery pack. This not only makes the usable range less dependent on the outside temperature, but also increases the service life of the battery.
More Adaptable Structure: Many degrees of freedom in drive integration
The new Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé will be launched with the 63-kWh battery familiar from the Aiways U5 SUV, which has 24 CATL modules and can be charged with up to 90 kilowatts at a DC fast charging station, or up to 11 kilowatts at a three-phase AC wallbox. This applies not only to body configurations but also to drive configurations in terms of engine positioning and the number of driven axles.
Aiways contact for media inquiries
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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.