Test & Measurement

Prototypes undergo cold environment testing

10th May 2019
Alex Lynn

Specialist brand for intelligent electric vehicles, BYTON, has completed its Cold Environment Test (CET) of its M-Byte prototypes in Inner Mongolia in northern China. The tests are an integral part of the company’s development process to achieve the highest safety and quality standards in the world. 

Since mid-2018 BYTON has been testing around 100 prototypes under realistic driving conditions on test tracks and in road traffic in the US and China.

During cold-weather testing, engineers drove several thousands of miles on open roads and specially prepared test tracks at temperatures of down to -30°C (-4 to -22°F). This phase focused on batteries, battery management and drive electronics to ensure reliable operation and achieve an appropriate range. Components such as the chassis, running gear and heating system also had to stand up to continuous operation.

Meanwhile, at BYTON’s headquarters in Nanjing, China, work is proceeding at full speed to complete the intelligent production facilities, which are built around cutting-edge Industry 4.0 standards. Every hall has been constructed, and they are now being equipped with new machines from global partners such as AIDA Engineering from Japan and KUKA and DÜRR from Germany. Work on equipping the press and paint shops is almost complete.

Pre-series production is scheduled to start in summer 2019. The first production cars will be delivered at the end of 2019 in China, in the second half of 2020 in the USA and at the end of 2020 in Europe.

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