According to Chinese media, Xiaomi already has its first electric car prototype ready with HVST Automobile Design, and they plan to show it to us… next August!
Xiaomi plans compete with Tesla itself in less than 10 yearsand what in fact for a company that starts from scratch in this electric car requires a lot of resources, including a lot of money and ingenuity, a team of highly qualified experts that Lei Jun directs and, why not say it too, a good dose of infatuation media that in Haidian they already always wear.
Anyway, we haven’t made much progress for months with this new electric car that should be a competitively priced SUV or sedanalthough according to various local media the next step should be very close and it will be very important, because Xiaomi will present the first of its prototype electric vehicles in a few weeks, throughout August 2022 in China.
There is no specific date yet, from what they tell us, but again It will be Lei Jun who will take the stage to show us his progress with Xiaomi Automobile showing what will be, in effect and in practice, the first 100% electric car from Xiaomi.
It is said from China that Xiaomi Automobile is maintaining its deadlines to try to produce some 300,000 units of its electric car per year from 2024, starting with this prototype which will be presented in August and will begin testing immediately around the planet.
As we mentioned, will it be just a prototype or ‘prototype car’following the jargon of the automotive industry, but obviously is one of the most important steps for any manufacturerseeking to entice both critics and investors, and definitely making believe that Xiaomi can be a Tesla rival as we were promised.
In reports published on social networks in China, it is stated that after this presentation, the first units of the Xiaomi EV car will hit the road in the form of “mules”to begin Real World™ testing, including classic winter testing and near-endless miles around the globe.
They say that of Xiaomi Automobile the times indicated are maintained for a production that should start, commercially and in series, in anticipation of 2024confirming in passing that it will be HVST automotive design the person in charge of the design of this first vehicle (it was the same company that designed the Maven the WM engine).
Xiaomi’s idea is power manufactures about 300,000 cars per year in its first assembly plants, with vehicles for the A+ and B segments which will have autonomous driving level 2 and estimated prices around $23,000 and $29,000 starting.
Xiaomi has always been ambitious and for Lei Jun his entry into the automotive industry is almost a personal bet, so with a multi-million dollar investment of approximately $10,000 million over the next 10 years and see what they have done in other sectors such as mobile telephony or household appliances, we can expect the best also for electric cars… Oh no ?