Tantech Holdings Ltd announced that the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MIIT) has included its three electric vehicle models in the “Announcement of Road Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Enterprises and Products“. The three vehicles are produced by the company’s subsidiary Suzhou E Motors Buses Co., Ltd.
So far, together with previous approvals from the MIIT , the company has received approval for a total of 13 electric vehicle models. The MIIT’s green light is key for alternative-energy vehicle manufacturers to drive sales and gain market recognition. The company has obtained over 1000 orders for its medium-sized electric buses.
The new electric bus ZQK6810EV, one of the three latest models approved by the MIIT, is driven by a lithium iron phosphate battery. With a range of more than 250km (155 miles), the 8.1-meter-long bus can travel as fast as 100 km/h (62mph) and carry as many as 34 passengers. The bus is particularly suited for use as shuttle buses at tourist attractions and airports, or commuter buses run by companies.
The ZQK5040X, another model approved by the MIIT, is an electric van for logistics transportation. The van, 5.8-meter long and powered by ternary lithium battery, is equipped with the electric motor made by Hunan CRRC Times. With a maximum gradeablilty of 20%, it can travel as fast as 100 km/h to a range of 350 km range on a single charge, which is sufficient enough to satisfy transport demand for big or small logistics companies, such as ZTO, SF Express, DHL, UPS, FedEx, TNT, EMS and Cainiao between cities and logistics hubs. The van has been put into trial operation by some logistics companies in the Chinese city ofHangzhou and was well received by clients in terms of gradeability, cruising range, maneuverability and overall performance.
“To seize the opportunity brought by China’s strategic policy of promoting new energy vehicles, we are utilizing our advantages, consolidating all the high-quality resources and increasing investment in research and development,” said Zhengyu Wang, chief executive of TANH. “We aim to launch ten new energy vehicles this year and will continue to improve in the NEV segment. Most customers are satisfied with our products and we are in talks to obtain more orders.”