From smartphones to cars

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Companies like Huawei and Xiaomi, familiar to us for building smartphones, are now producing electronic vehicles. Many say that China is heading towards EV dominance.

Chinese electronics manufacturer Xiaomi plans to deliver its first electric vehicle in China this month, only three years after the company first pitched its idea for a battery-powered sports car. It is called  SU7 (SU stands for “speed ultra”)

It takes just 2.78 seconds for the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (0-60 mph). The top speed is 265 kph.

The maximum range with a fully charged battery is specified by the manufacturer as 800 kilometers (500 miles). The base price of the SU7 is around €33,000 ($36,000), making the SU7’s comparable with a Tesla model 3.

“We want to build a dream car that stands up to Tesla and Porsche” – Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun said.

China has long been the world’s largest manufacturer of electric cars. E-mobility would be unimaginable without innovations from Chinese companies, this includes many electronics companies that were not originally focused on the automotive industry.

Xiaomi mainly produces so-called intelligent household appliances with web functions, such as door sensors or rice cookers that send notifications to one’s cell phone when the rice is ready.

In Europe, Xiaomi is primarily known for its smartphones, just like the other telecommunications supplier Huawei, which has been launching its e-SUVs under the name AITO in China since 2021.

 

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