Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Asia Stars Electronic Technology Corporation (AET) have launched a joint development project of electric vehicles. The project agreement was signed in September. A new type of electric vehicle prototype is designed and implemented in the project.
Metropolia and AET signed a strategic cooperation agreement already in 2014; starting a development project is now the first concrete step of cooperation. A joint R&D center with engineers, staff and alumni of Metropolia, named as EUROSINA EV TECHNICAL CENTER, is set up at Metropolia Kalevankatu campus for the implementation of the development work.
AET is a group of companies that are especially known for the automotive industry solutions. AET is the leading supplier of automation solutions and industrial remote control system in China. The company also has its own local electric vehicle development and manufacturing.
Electric car sales in China rose exponentially in 2015, with the total sales of 191 000 electric vehicles.
"The Chinese government greatly supports the domestic production of electric vehicles, which speeds up the growth of local electric vehicle market. AET wants to make use of our know-how in the field of electric cars, in order to get products to market within a certain schedule", says Project Manager Ville Eskelinen from Metropolia UAS.
Metropolia’s car projects have during recent years received a lot of recognition also from abroad. Excellent references are e.g. E-RA Electric Raceabout, Biofore ConceptCar, and custom-made electric Triumph GT6. The co-operation with AET acts as a natural continuum for Metropolia’s successful automotive projects.
"This cooperation will continue our tradition of developing electric vehicles. Our goal is to generate Finnish expertise in the field as well as to promote it abroad", says Ville Eskelinen.
"It's great that Metropolia's know-how is now internationally recognized and that Metropolia is an attractive partner in co-operation", says Pekka Hautala, Project Leader and Head of the Automotive and Mechanical Engineering unit.
AET became familiar with Metropolia via the publicity of electric car E-RA. In addition, the recommendations of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd and Espoo Innovation Center reaffirmed AET of the partnership.
“We need a group of people with real experience in the electrical vehicle development. Metropolia has this experience. We will make a top technical team together. Our mission is to have an R&D center in order to try advanced technology and to be a pioneer in the next generation of electric cars. We will jointly invest in this R&D together with Metropolia and aim to be an important RD center with important influence, strongly supported by China Market and AET. I hope that Metropolia can be a leading university in electrical vehicle development”, says Lin Shufeng, president of AET.
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