The Chinese smartphone maker companies Xiaomi and Huawei are rapidly moving forward towards the development of the EV segment. Xiaomi is expected to launch the new hybrid models, after its first model was revealed by a filing last month.
According to the latest information, Xiaomi is looking to bring three models, with the first two being battery electric vehicle (BEV) models and the third being a hybrid model, according to a report by local media outlet AutoPix today.
Xiaomi’s first model to get codenamed Modenat will be officially launched in 2024 and the second model code name will be Lemang, and the third is Kunlun.
Previous reports suggested that the third model of Xiaomi will feature extended-range technology, though a source close to the company’s R&D team said that as of November, Kunlun was still in the process of moving from conceptual design (E1) to the detailed design stage (E2), according to the report.
Kunlun will be a hybrid product, but whether it will be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) cannot be confirmed at this stage of design, the report said.
Regardless of whether the Kunlun ends up being a regular PHEV or an EREV, the strategy of making the hybrid model the third product is more of a practical move by Xiaomi to boost sales faster, the report said.
Tesla sold 82,432 China-made vehicles
Tesla gained major growth in China-made vehicles last month. For your information, the US electric vehicle (EV) maker sold 82,432 China-made vehicles in November, up 14.31 percent from 72,115 in October, though down 17.81 percent from 100,291 in the same month last year, according to data released today by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).
The company’s China-made vehicle sales fell 11.98 percent and 2.64 percent month-on-month in September and October, respectively, likely due in part to the impact of the new Model 3, or Model 3 Highland, starting production.
In the January-November period, Tesla sold 853,603 China-made vehicles, up 30.31 percent year-on-year. Tesla has a factory in Shanghai that currently has an annual capacity of more than 950,000 vehicles, its largest in the world, according to the company’s third-quarter financial report released in October.
The plant, which produces the Model 3 sedan and Model Y crossover, not only delivers to local consumers, but is also an export hub for Tesla.
Tesla unveiled the new Model 3 on September 1 and began pre-sales of the sedan in China. On October 19, the new Model 3 officially went on sale in China. On October 26, Tesla said it had begun deliveries of the new Model 3 in China.