Electronics Giant Foxconn Reveals Three New EVs
Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn has revealed three new electric vehicles, underlining the firm’s commitment to becoming a global next-generation automotive manufacturer.
Foxconn, known for contract-manufacturing devices such as the Apple iPhone, introduced the ‘Model C’ SUV, ‘Model E’ sedan, and the ‘Model T’ electric bus.
Unveiled at Foxconn’s HHTD21 event, the EVs use Foxconn’s open software and hardware platform called MIH Consortium, essentially designed as kits and serving as reference designs that brands can use to mass produce to their own specifications.
The Model C is the first model built on the platform. At 4.64 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.86 meters, the SUV offers comfortable seating for five + two people and plenty of storage space. With a low 0.27 drag coefficient, it accelerates 0 to 100 km in 3.8 seconds and delivers an extended range of 700km.
“Thanks to the open platform sharing advantages, consumers can have a pure electric SUV with high performance, high efficiency, high intelligence, low energy consumption and large space at a reasonable price compared to a fuel-powered car,” the company writes in a statement.
The Model E is a luxury flagship sedan that can meet the needs of middle and high-end customers. Jointly developed with an Italian design firm called Pininfarina, the vehicle offers both “luxury and comfort.”
The vehicle delivers a power output of about 750 horsepower and achieves 0 to 100km acceleration in a staggering 2.8 seconds. It also has a 750km range to address the range anxiety associated with most electric cars.
Finally, the Model T is a stylish urban bus. The vehicle’s large battery can withstand temperatures of up to 400 degrees, across a range of more than 400 kilometres. Under full load conditions, the maximum climbing capacity can reach 25 per cent, at a max speed of 120 km per hour. The vehicle provides “drivers with a relaxed and smooth driving experience, whilst allowing passengers a comfortable and safe journey.”
The Model T has undergone over 200,000km of acceleration endurance tests and more than 1,000 hours of rigid strength tests at the Automotive Research & Testing Centre (ARTC).
The firm hopes that its electric car business will be worth one trillion Taiwanese dollars (AUD$46 billion) in five years.
The Model C is set to launch in 2023, with the Model E set to follow in the next few years.
Source: Foxconn | Hon Hai Debuts Three Self-Developed Electric Vehicle Models
22 October 2021