NEW YORK – The Chinese technology giant Xiaomi will launch four electric car models.
Two middle-class models in the price range of 150,000 to 200,000 Yuan each and two upper-class models in the price range of 200,000 to 300,000 Yuan.
According to a report, the mid-range model will be priced at the equivalent of €21,400 to €28,500, already supporting Level 2+ autonomous driving systems, while the high-end models priced at €28,500 to €42,800 will support the Level 3 autonomous driving system.
The fact that the first prototype will be shown this year was also confirmed by Juo Baojun, general manager of Xiaomi’s regional branches in Beijing and Tianjin.
Earlier, Xiaomi confirmed an ambitious $10 billion project whose goal is to present the first line of electric vehicles slated for launch in 2024.
Quoted from electrive.com, Xiaomi has also planned to build an electric car factory in Beijing, which will be built in two stages and will have a capacity of 150,000 and then 300,000 electric cars per year.
The plant itself, along with its facilities, will be located in the Beijing Economic Technology Development Area, a technology and development area in Yizhuang, a southeast suburb of Beijing.
The agency also confirmed the previous announcement from Chinese media that the first Xiaomi electric car will be produced in 2024.
At the end of March 2021, Xiaomi has made the decision to establish a subsidiary to run the future smart electric vehicle business
Xiaomi launched its subsidiary named Xiaomi Automobile Technology with a capital of about one billion yuan or around 140 million euros, according to a Reuters report.
Based on the information reported by Sina.cn, they are starting to open up little by little about the specifications.
From this information, this Xiaomi electric car will display its futuristic side. Comes with a slim body coupled with an eccentric design of the front and rear lights, making it look simple but still modern.
In addition, based on the information reported by the page, the styling will carry the fastback coupe design. Seen from the curve is more dynamic and natural and in line with market segmentation for young people.
Dimensionally, for the length of this Xiaomi car, it is equipped with a length of 4,890 mm, a width of 1,890 and a height of 1,457 mm and a wheelbase of 1,890 mm. These Xiaomi engineers have created a slim body line.
Talking about the specifications, the car is reportedly going to use a high voltage of 800 volts and is claimed to be the most sophisticated.
As for the battery, Xiaomi will use a solid-state battery with a capacity of 150 kWh and able to cover a distance of 1,200 kilometers.
Xiaomi to Build an Electric Car Factory, Claimed to be Able to Produce 300 Thousand Units per Year
Previously, the Chinese technology company, Xiaomi, was rumored to be setting up a factory that specifically produces electric cars.
According to a report from the Reuters website quoted on Monday (11/29/2021), this factory will be built in the Economic and Technological Development Zone Area in Beijing.
Xiaomi also claims that this factory is capable of producing 300,000 units of electric cars per year. Then the new construction will be carried out in 2024.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said the factory will be built starting in the first half of 2024 and the investment funds disbursed reach IDR 22.2 trillion.
Lei Jun also mentioned that his party has also appointed a new division to manage the investment called Xiaomi EV Inc.
Meanwhile, for the operational needs of this new business for 10 years, an investment of Rp. 142.6 trillion is needed.
Not only producing electric cars, Xiaomi is also preparing autonomous car technology with DeppMotion.
Both want to develop level 4 automation, namely vehicles that can be driven without a driver under normal conditions.
Xiaomi’s long-term strategy is proof that the tech giant doesn’t want to be left behind in the era of electric cars. Apart from Xiaomi, another technology company that is also willing to enter the electric car ecosystem is Apple.
There is even another Chinese company, Baidu, that has collaborated with Geely. Huawei has also reportedly disbursed around IDR 14.6 trillion to develop electric cars.
Xiaomi Recruits 500 New Employees to Develop Level 4 Autopilot Technology
Previously, Xiaomi was rumored to be recruiting around 500 employees into a newly created division to develop SAE Level 4 self-driving technology for cars.
There are six levels in the SAE classification for self-driving four-wheel vehicle technology. Zero level means no automatic features, where the driver can control everything.
Meanwhile, Level 5 is a full automation level, so the role of the driver is not needed at all.
The Honda Legend will be the first production vehicle to utilize SAE Level 3 self-driving technology and is the highest so far.
Meanwhile, all other manufacturers so far have only maxed out Level 2, including Tesla’s misleading Full Self Driving Feature.
Launching Formacar, Thursday (5/8/2021), when it reaches SAE Level 4, it will allow the car to self-drive to a predetermined destination without the need for driver intervention, except in an emergency.
This spring, Xiaomi mentioned its intention to produce a complete EV under its own brand.
They plan to contract with Great Wall Motor Company for production and advertise the still-to-be-announced car as a relatively affordable, mass-market-oriented model.
This may be in line with Xiaomi electronic gadgets, cellphones and other devices which are often priced at attractive prices.