Four different sources are said to have confirmed to the Reuters news agency that the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei will have some this year Will bring electric cars to market. For this purpose, factories of the state automobile company Changan are to be used.
Huawei Stromer suitable for mass production this year?
Huawei should also negotiate with other car manufacturers about the use of production capacities. A subsidiary of the fifth largest vehicle and automobile manufacturer in China, the BAIC Group (Beijing Automotive Group), is under discussion for the construction of the Stromer.
As Reuters wants to know, Huawei is already developing various models and is said to be in negotiations with suppliers. The models are supposed to be geared towards the mass market – so they would presumably be cheaper.
Richard Yu, head of the global consumer business, is to lead the new business unit. Yu is also responsible for the fact that Huawei had become one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers in a very short time.
The strategic swing of the Chinese telecommunications giant is said to be a direct result of the ongoing US sanctions. After Huawei has been on the US government’s blacklist for almost two years and, despite the change of US president, hardly sees any prospects of getting the chips and other components that are important for smartphone construction, the management level is said to have pulled the emergency brake. Now the less chip-intensive automotive business should ensure the continued existence of Huawei.
Huawei is not a newcomer to the electromobility market
For Huawei, electromobility is basically nothing new. The manufacturer has been offering software and sensors for motor vehicles as well as onboard 5G solutions for years. In cooperation with Daimler, GM and SAIC, Huawei is helping to develop intelligent vehicle solutions.
In November 2020, Huawei had a Joint venture established with Changan and the battery manufacturer CATL. The aim of the joint company is to establish a new brand for high-quality electric cars. Reuters sources suggest that this joint venture has nothing to do with the recent Huawei plans.
Reuters has tried to get comments from the companies involved. Huawei has rejected the rumors as a hoax. The other people asked did not want to comment.