Huawei and GAC Plan ‘Smart’ Electric SUV

One connected car not destined to come to the US market anytime soon in that being planned by its telecoms nemesis, Huawei.

The Chinese communications giant, accused of working as an extension of the nation’s security services, is working with the GAC Group to develop a “smart SUV”, aiming to achieve mass production by the end of 2023. The  pair say it will be a medium- to large-size, pure electric SUV that will bring “new energy capabilities and Level 4 autonomous driving to buyers”.

This strategic cooperation is hoping to build a new generation of intelligent vehicles and digital platforms. These will employ GAC’s GEP.30 chassis platform and Huawei’s computing and communication architecture, as well as carrying Huawei’s full stack of vehicle solutions. Since signing a strategic cooperation agreement in 2017, GAC and Huawei have worked together in the fields of intelligent connected electric vehicle technology.

GAC is aiming to produce an entirely electrified line-up of vehicles by 2025. The pair aim to produce eight models and multiple series of electric vehicles at “affordable prices”.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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