- Foxconn unveils three battery-electric models, including a sedan, a bus and an SUV, promising long runs and ambitious performance.
- The Taiwanese electronics giant recently revealed plans to buy the Lordstown, Ohio plant to produce the Endurance pickup and other models.
- The company, which has partnered with Taiwanese group Yulon Motor, intends to become an auto maker.
Earlier this week, Taiwan-based Foxconn, better known as the maker of iPhones, unveiled three electric vehicle concepts under the Foxtron brand, previewing vehicles it could put into production in the years to come. The revelation came just days after the announcement of a deal in which Foxconn will buy and operate the Lordstown, Ohio auto plant with the intention of producing the Lordstown Endurance pickup.
The Taiwanese automaker, which has been trying to break into the electric vehicle industry for a few years, has unveiled the Model C – an SUV with seven seats and a range of 435 miles – promising launches of 3.8 seconds while stationary at 62 mph.
âThe four main characteristics of the Model C are: shape, space, power and power consumption,â said Hon Hai Technology Group, parent company of Foxconn. âIts design not only has a minimalist appearance, but it has also significantly minimized the spaces used for mechanical components, while maximizing seating space. The Model C, which is 4.64 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.86 meters, offers comfortable seating for 5 people. +2 people and plenty of storage space, making it easier to navigate crowded metropolitan areas while enjoying the luxury of a larger car. “
Foxconn also unveiled the Model E, a mid-size sedan designed by Pininfarina that delivers around 750bhp and launches in 2.8 seconds from 0-62mph. The sedan cited an even more impressive range of 466 miles, although it’s doubtful Foxconn had the EPA cycle in mind when it released those numbers.
âThe E-model, jointly developed by Hon Hai and Italian design firm Pininfarina, is a technologically innovative flagship luxury sedan that can meet the needs of middle and high-end consumers,â the company added. âAt the same time, it is also the first high-quality choice for businesses. The back seat space can transform into a dedicated mobile office, with personal mobile devices seamlessly connected to the passenger car, enabling a series of smart applications such as face recognition of opening doors, smart windows and vehicle and environment interfaces. “
The third vehicle revealed by the electronics giant was the Model T bus, promising 250 miles of range as well as a badge that could anger a certain Dearborn-based automaker. Of course, Foxtron’s Model T is a large two-axle passenger bus with around 40 seats inside.
The company plans to sell some of them under the Foxtron brand as part of a business with car and bus maker Yulon Motor Group, which explains how Foxconn was able to produce a giant bus that appeared to be production ready. during its presentation. largest automaker.
But plans for possible sales in the United States are much more obscure at the moment despite the ambitious specifications. Of course, production in Ohio and sales in the United States are two different things, especially if Foxconn enjoys much lower production costs than Taiwan. We would therefore not bet on the imminent arrival of Foxtron vehicles at your local Foxtron store.
It wouldn’t be the first time that a tech giant has showcased electric vehicle concepts, with the latest high-profile electric vehicle reveal being the Sony car. There are, however, a few crucial differences in these two cases: Sony was mostly adamant that it did not have production plans for its sedan despite a very positive reception, using the sedan as a test bed for in-car technology. Hon Hai, on the other hand, is an electronics maker who wants to expand into the production of electric vehicles for other companies under their own brands, including Fisker. It has the advantage of having independently developed its own modular battery-electric platform in 2020.
The next big test for Foxconn, of course, will be to start production of the Lordstown Endurance pickup after a series of controversies and delays. If it can do this, there may be room for this in the EV game in North America.
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