Huawei beat Apple to the punch and released its very first car – in a way.
The car is actually the Seres SF5, which debuted in 2019. Huawei has partnered with Seres to help develop the SUV and sell the refreshed version at its stores across China.
According to the datasheet, the SF5 should be a real powerhouse. It uses two electric motors to develop 405 kW / 820 Nm, with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine on standby as a range-extending generator. The battery range is 180 km, but the inclusion of the range extender pushes it to 1000 km based on the rather generous NEDC test cycle.
The company claims the SF5 can hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, roughly the same as the most powerful Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV.
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So it’s not a fully electric vehicle, but it’s arguably a more efficient way to design a hybrid, rather than primarily using the gasoline engine for propulsion. Nissan’s e-Power system works the same way.
Huawei’s contribution came, as you might expect, in the infotainment system. It will connect seamlessly with a smartphone, although it’s doubtful that Huawei will accept Google phones, and it doesn’t mention Apple CarPlay either.
The telecommunications giant has also helped boost autonomous driving capabilities, with the SF5 offering adaptive cruise control, active steering assistance and something called “ traffic congestion assistance ” which presumably uses the systems. satellite navigation to avoid traffic jams.
Meanwhile, Apple may have found new partners for its own EV project. A report of Korea Times suggests that Apple finalize deals with LG and Magna International to build its rumored car. Last year, it was reported that Apple and Hyundai or Kia were joining forces on the project, but the partnership was dropped.
And, in any case, Huawei and Apple lost the race from smartphone maker to car maker a long time ago. Samsung has been selling rebadged Renaults and Nissans in South Korea since 1998.