According to a Chinese source, citing investors close to the head of Xiaomi Lei Jun and others, the company is rapidly deploying a project to create its own electric car: it will start within a month or two. Xiaomi cars will be positioned in much the same way as Xiaopeng cars (in particular, Xiaopeng P7) in China: these will be top models with a greater emphasis on advanced information technology. Xiaomi veteran Wang Chuan has been appointed in charge of the project. On this news, Xiaomi Group shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange rose 2.6%.
Wang Chuan’s personality should be given special attention: probably, there would not be a more competent person in all of Xiaomi. He is the co-founder and director of strategy for Xiaomi. Wang Chuan joined the company in 2012 and headed one of the most profitable departments at the moment – TV development. Then he worked in the HR department of the Xiaomi headquarters in China and in the department of large household appliances. Wang Chuan has an excellent understanding of how a product is created: from concept development and networking in the component supply chain to production and distribution. The very foundation that he laid in Xiaomi TV – the most profitable direction of the company after smartphones and mobile devices – says a lot.
Lei Zun reportedly met with Li Bin, founder of Weilai Automobile, in late February for advice on various automotive issues. In addition, various sources report that Wang Chuan, on behalf of the Xiaomi Group, is looking for workers in this area, studying technologies and production processes. In terms of talent, Wang Chuan is already in contact with some of the top managers of various automotive companies – obviously, candidates for key positions in the automotive division of Xiaomi are being searched among them.
Polestar Electric Roadster Announced – 884 HP s., acceleration “to hundreds” in 3.2 s, power reserve 595 km
Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer Polestar has announced plans to launch the Polestar O2 concept sports roadster.
Recall that the Polestar O2 concept was presented in Los Angeles in March 2022. As the company noted, the Polestar O2 will become available for purchase as a production model called the Polestar 6. This will not happen soon – only in 2026.
To celebrate the launch, 500 special Polestar 6 LA Concept editions will also be produced. The special edition cars will feature a sky blue color scheme, light leather interiors and 21-inch wheels, similar to the Polestar O2 concept.
About Polestar 6, the manufacturer also says the following. This hardtop convertible will be built on Polestar’s custom aluminum platform. It will be based on the 800-volt architecture that has also been confirmed for the Polestar 5.
The roadster will receive two electric motors with a total power of up to 884 hp. (650 kW, 900 Nm torque), 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 3.2 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h and WLTP range of 595 km.
Interestingly, the Polestar 6 is already being offered for booking. The manufacturer also notes that the estimated final price should be $ 200,000.
No more accidents with electric scooters? Kicksharing “Jurent” is testing scooters with autopilot and obstacle recognition
The kicksharing service Yurent is testing a new generation of electric scooters with the function of autonomous movement and obstacle recognition. “Yurent kicksharing service is testing a new scooter model equipped with a camera and computer vision technology. The scooter has the function of autonomous movement and can independently recognize obstacles to avoid collisions.– reported in the press service of “Yurent”.
The scooter is equipped with a semi-automatic autopilot mode, the press service explained. It can be remotely controlled to move it to the right place – for example, to a parking lot or to a scooter service point for battery replacement.
It also recognizes obstacles using a wide-angle camera and artificial intelligence. So, he sees people, vehicles and road markings and can independently respond to them to prevent an emergency. Before an obstacle, the scooter brakes itself.
“The technology we are testing is still in its early stages, but it will help prevent unsafe driving in the future.“, the company noted.
So far, the technology is being tested on five scooters until the end of the summer season. If the test is successful, the service will consider launching scooters with similar functionality for a wide audience, Yurent stressed.
The electric Moskvich was photographed at KamAZ. It has a 150 hp engine. and a power reserve of 420 km
The Tekegram channel RCI News published a photo of the Moskvich electric car at the Kama Automobile Plant – a passenger car is occupied next to the KamAZ-54901 main tractor. Despite the fact that there is no emblem on the radiator grille, the JAC Sehol E40X is easily recognized in the passenger car.
Previously, this electric car featured in a presentation shown at Moskvich during a visit to the plant of Sergei Sobyanin. So the presence of JAC Sehol E40X already at the KamAZ plant is not a coincidence at all. According to RCI News, KAMAZ workers are probably studying the model and testing it.
JAC Sehol E40X is an electric version of the JAC JS4 gasoline compact crossover, which was also shown at the presentation to Sobyanin. The electric car is equipped with a 150 hp engine. and a traction battery with a capacity of 55 kWh, providing a range of up to 420 km.
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