iPhone manufacturer teases Foxtron electric cars

Foxconn is perhaps best known for making iPhones and Playstations. Now it's about to reveal its first electric vehicles.

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Foxconn has revealed it’ll use the Foxtron name for its electric vehicles, which will debut on October 18, 2021.

The company, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd, will reveal both C-segment and E-segment vehicles plus a bus on its Hon Hai Tech Day.

It released a short video teasing three products: the previously leaked sedan, a bus, and an SUV known rather unoriginally as the Model C.

Foxtron’s use of the terms C- and E-segment suggests the Model C will be similar in size to a Toyota RAV4, while the unnamed sedan could be as large as a Tesla Model S or Lucid Air.

All models wear slim, full-width lighting elements front and rear with illuminated badging.

Overhangs are short front and rear, while styling is chunky and angular.

The Model C also features a contrasting black roof and a particularly intricate front lighting assembly, with the Foxtron name appearing to float in a transparent piece of trim and the illuminated logo sitting underneath.

The Foxtron sedan was spied earlier this year wearing what looks to be a Pininfarina badge on its flanks.

It’s not expected to reach production until 2023, at which point it could be built in Thailand, the source of most Australian utes, or in the US.

Foxtron has also published technical images of hatchback and MPV models on its new website.

The Model C and sedan, if not the bus, will debut Foxconn’s first vehicle platform, dubbed MIH.

The architecture supports wheelbases between 2750mm and 3100mm, and supports a variety of track widths and ride heights.

Battery packs with 93kWh, 100kWh and 116kWh can be installed.

A variety of electric motors can be employed, with the initial range consisting of front motors with up to 200kW of power, and rear motors with up to 340kW.

Likening the Tesla range to the “iPhone of EV”, the company wants its platform to be the “Android of EV”.

In order to bring the Android model to electric vehicles, Foxconn plans to make the architecture open to auto manufacturers to access, program and modify.

It’s referring to it as ‘EVKit’, an open vehicle platform.

By making its components available to use off-the-shelf, Foxconn is hoping to dramatically reduce the costs of developing and designing new electric cars.

The platform supports over-the-air software updates, vehicle-to-anything communication, 5G internet connectivity, and self-driving car technology.

The company has already announced plans to build cars for Fisker and Geely, and has entered an agreement to acquire Lordstown Motors’ eponymous factory and build its Endurance pickup.

Foxconn claims it’s working with others on solid-state batteries, a technology which promises to both greatly decrease cost and charging time, and hopes to have it available by 2024.

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