A sedan, an SUV, and even a bus are on the way.
Brands that one would never have imagined doing so have begun exploring the idea of their own vehicles. Sony has its Vision-S concept car and Apple has been trying to get its own electric vehicle off the ground for some time now. Unfortunately for the smartphone giant, things haven't been going very well at all, but ironically, the company that assembles iPhones, Foxconn, has beaten Apple to the punch. Foxconn has been working on various ideas and has been partnering with major automakers to help with new cars, and now the fruits of its labors are being presented to us for the first time in three all-new electric vehicles, at least two of which will take on electric giants like Tesla.
The three new vehicles were revealed during Hon Hai Tech Day. Hon Hai is the name of Foxconn's parent group which has various arms, the automotive of which is called Foxtron. Foxtron is a collaboration between Foxconn and Taiwan's Yulon Motor Group.
The first Foxtron vehicle is the sedan, and it's called the Model E. Developed in partnership with renowned Italian design house Pininfarina, it's not exactly ugly, is it? With 750 horsepower, it's got respectable output for a contemporary EV, but Foxtron claims that it uses its power exceedingly effectively, allegedly achieving the 0-62-mph sprint in a scant 2.8 seconds. Keeping it relevant in an autonomous future is a rear seat that can turn into a "dedicated mobile office," and you can use your smartphone to unlock and open the doors with face recognition.
Next is the Model C, a vehicle that Foxtron has developed entirely in-house. It measures 182.6 inches in length - a couple of inches shorter than the Tesla Model Y - yet can seat seven people while still providing loads of storage space. No power figures have been provided yet, but this SUV promises a 0-62 time of 3.8 seconds and a maximum range of 435 miles. In addition, Foxtron says that this tall EV will be priced similarly to equivalent combustion vehicles, although it did not cite any examples for us to get a clearer idea of what sort of pricing to expect. Still, if it can provide exceptional performance and offer more space than a Tesla Model X while undercutting it on price, we'll consider ourselves impressed.
Finally, a massive squared bus has been revealed, but Henry Ford would likely take issue with its name - the Model T. According to Foxtron, this vehicle has been developed and tested to transit administration standards and has already undergone over 124,000 miles of acceleration endurance testing. It's also been subjected to more than a thousand hours of rigid strength testing. As a public transport vehicle (although we're sure RV applications are possible too), the Model T doesn't need to be particularly fast. Therefore, it tops out at just 74.5 mph, but with a range of almost 250 miles, it could be the perfect solution for crowded cities looking to lower their carbon footprint. Now we just have to wait and see if any of these reach mainstream production, and where they will be sold if they do.