Monday, August 5, 2013

Pihsiang exports 1st shipment of Achensa EVs

A100 city cars take center stage at the EV Taiwan trade show held April 10-13 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of EV Taiwan)
The first overseas shipment of Taiwan-produced electric vehicles was made late last month by Hsinchu County-headquartered Pihsiang Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Co., a strong sign that the country’s EV sector is driving in the right direction.
Comprising A100 city cars, the shipment is bound for Europe and will be marketed under the brand Achensa in such countries as Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.
“Achensa reflects the firm’s mission statement that seeks business achievement while balancing environment protection and auto safety,” a Pihsiang PR representative said.
A two-seater designed for urban transportation, the A100 can run 85 kilometers on one battery, with charging taking only 90 minutes. It is the first micro EV made in Asia that complies with the European L6 and L7 automotive standards.
“Unlike the competition’s vehicles, more than 90 percent of the components and parts used for Pihsiang’s A100 EVs are manufactured in-house or by affiliates,” the representative said, adding that these include the battery pack, body, chassis, electronics and management system.
According to the representative, Pihsiang will also introduce the C200 minitruck later this year in Europe for lightweight, short-haul cargo transportation in urban areas.
In 2010, Pihsiang set up a plant in Yilan County’s Su-Ao Port. It was the first manufacturing facility in the northeastern Taiwan free trade port. (SFC-JSM)