Huawei unveiled its first new energy car equipped with a self-developed 5G autonomous system at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show, in partnership with Chinese automaker Seres, joining a growing list of tech giants to show their ambitions to tap into the booming electric vehicle market.
The SF5, a hybrid sport utility vehicle (SUV), offers a range of 180 kilometers in pure electric mode and over 1,000 kilometers in long-range mode, allowing customers to drive from Beijing to Shanghai on a full charge and a full tank. gas. The car has a twin-engine all-wheel drive configuration, which produces up to 543 hp and 820 Nm of torque. Drivers can accelerate from zero to 100 km / h in about 4.7 seconds, which Huawei says is faster than Tesla’s Model Y.
Huawei is following the trend towards increasingly autonomous and connected vehicles, as cars increasingly act as hardware that is constantly being improved with software upgrades. The SF5 comes with the HUAWEI HiCar Full Scenario Smart Interconnect System, which supports a range of apps available on Huawei smartphones including Huawei Music, Baidu Maps, Tencent News, NetEase Cloud Music, and Himalaya. It provides an on-board voice assistant, which can be woken up via physical buttons or interactive screens. HUAWEI HiCar can also link the vehicle with various smart devices, allowing car users to turn on TVs, air conditioners and other connected devices in their homes.
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“This exciting announcement sets a precedent for both the consumer electronics industry and the new energy vehicle industry,” said Richard Yu, head of consumer operations at Huawei, on Tuesday. “Going forward, we will not only provide cutting-edge smart car solutions to help partners build better smart vehicles, but we will also help them sell these vehicles through our retail network across China.”
The SUV will be sold at Huawei flagship stores, including Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu and Hangzhou, from April 21. It’s available in four different colors – Deep Ocean Blue, Charcoal Black, Pearl White, and Titanium Silver Gray – as well as three interior trim options: Midnight Black, Garnet Red, and Ivory White.
Former US President Donald Trump has cut off Huawei’s access to processor chips and other technology needed to make smartphones, saying his telecommunications network equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage, an accusation that the Chinese authorities and the company have strongly denied.
Yu said US sanctions gave Huawei a hard time as the company’s smartphone sales fell 42% in the last quarter of 2020. “The only way to hedge against losses in the smartphone industry is to enter the intelligent electric vehicle business, ”added Yu. Huawei is also looking for other areas of growth such as healthcare and smart agriculture to cushion the impact of the US blacklist.