Hold your foxes: iPhone maker Foxconn has set its sights on Tesla with electric cars

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  • Technology giant Foxconn has lifted the lid on its forthcoming electric vehicles.
  • Three new models were shown this week during a virtual conference for press and investors.
  • These new electric cars will be built in Thailand. No confirmed launch for South African market.
  • For motoring news, go to Wheels24

Great news, if you're a technology fanatic who also happens to love cars just as much. Foxconn in Taiwan, yes, those guys and girls who manufacture your precious iPhone and your latest PlayStation 5, and your go-anywhere Nintendo Switch, has officially stepped into the car game. Earlier in October, the company hosted Hon Hai Tech Day 2021 (HHTD21), where it unveiled three new electric cars that are bound for the far east market, at first, and then for particular markets around the world later in their life cycle.

At HHTD21, Supattanapong Punmeechaow, deputy prime minister and minister of energy of Thailand, presided over a virtual signing ceremony of a joint venture agreement for the development of electric vehicle (EV) production in Thailand between PTT Public Company Limited (PTT) and Hon Hai Precision Industry Company (Foxconn). The prime minister said that the joint venture agreement would strengthen Thailand's automotive industry's transition to modern EV technology with Foxconn's innovation in the production and development of the EV platform.

Foxtron Model C
Foxtron Model C

Foxconn says it's prepared to pour up to USD 2 billion into research and development and production facilities in Thailand for its new electric cars, some of which have already been penned by Italian coach-building specialists Pininfarina.

Reports suggest that Foxconn plans to produce approximately 50 000 electric vehicles a year in the next two to three years. The company is building a modular production facility that can easily accommodate the manufacturing of up to 150 000 vehicles per annum.

Would you consider buying a Foxtron all-electric vehicle in South Africa to replace your petrol or diesel vehicle? Let us know in the comments below, or drop us an email here. 

Foxtron Model T
Foxtron Model T

Launching to market as Foxtron, the new range of electric cars from the technology giant will be spearheaded by the new Model E, which is believed to be aimed squarely at Tesla's scintillating Model S.

The Foxtron Model E comes with 560kW on tap, which should be good enough for it to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in a mere 2.8 seconds. The company hasn't revealed the car's battery capacity yet, but it's reported that the vehicle could travel up to 750km between recharges. 

As it's looking to take on Tesla, you can expect the Model E to come laden with the latest in-car entertainment technology as well as a raft of self-driving aids. It won't self-drive yet, but the technology for that functionality is allegedly embedded in the vehicle from the factory. Buyers could purchase self-drive functionality for their Foxtrons over the air through the vehicle's onboard systems when those functions become available and legal to use in particular markets.

Foxtron Model E
Foxtron Model E

The remaining cars that Foxconn showed under its new Foxtron automobiles wing included the Model C (a compact hatchback) and the Model T (an urban bus). We're not sure how Ford Motor Company will respond to one of these particular naming conventions, but let's see what happens once these cars go into official production.
Wheels24 has reached out to Foxconn representatives in Taiwan for additional information about the vehicles it showed off this week, as well as some interior shots, so stayed locked on the website for more details on this emerging automotive brand.


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