Valeo, in partnership with Beijing Automotive Industry (BAIC), has developed an electric demo car equipped with a complete Valeo electric powertrain system.

The electric powertrain, which has been developed by Valeo in collaboration with Leroy Somer, a manufacturer of electric motors, and GKN, an automotive driveline components developer, includes an electric motor, an inverter, a transmission, a charger, a supervisor and a DC/DC converter.

Valeo’s electric powertrain uses a synchronous permanent magnet motor with a large operating speed range to deliver acceleration at both low and medium speeds and a high top vehicle speed all with a single gear transmission, while reducing electric vehicles’ energy consumption.

The demo car is the first concrete achievement of the partnership between Valeo and BAIC, which began working in early 2010 with the intent to bring an electric vehicle to series production in 2011.

Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich said that the development of this vehicle with BAIC demonstrates Valeo’s expertise in powertrain systems designed to cut vehicle CO2 emissions and improve energy efficiency and also confirms its know-how in electric and hybrid vehicle technology worldwide.