2023-11-27 Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi Wants to Manufacture an Electric Car - autoevolution

Chinese Phone Maker Xiaomi Wants to Manufacture an Electric Car

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi is currently working on a long-term plan that would allow the company to step into the automotive industry, with a recent report from local media indicating the objective is to manufacture an electric vehicle.
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Few details are available right now, but Chinese publication LatePost indicates the project is still in its early phases, so while the goal is to build an electric vehicle, it’s still not clear if Xiaomi wants to launch its very own car or just serve as a manufacturer for a different company.

However, the report suggests the project is currently being worked on under the close supervision of Lei Jun, founder and CEO of the company, which suggests Xiaomi considers the manufacturing of an EV a critical project in the long term.

It isn’t the first time Xiaomi is exploring the automotive industry though, as the company has already developed a prototype called Micar back in 2018 in an attempt to test EV manufacturing technology. Still, it’s not yet clear if this old project can help with the production of the new model.

On the other hand, the report indicates that Xiaomi’s CEO even met with Tesla founder Elon Musk several years ago to discuss the manufacturing of EVs, but further specifics have never been shared.

Xiaomi has already invested in several EV companies, most of them based in China, including Xpeng Motor and Nio.

While Xiaomi could very well serve as a manufacturer for these companies, it can also launch its own EV, thus following in Apple's footsteps, the American tech giant currently working on the Apple Car. According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is currently seeking a partner to manufacture the Apple Car following failed negotiations with Hyundai and Nissan.

Xiaomi, which is considered one of Apple’s rivals in the phone market, would most likely join forces with a Chinese carmaker should the plan be indeed the release of its own EV. But given the project is still in its early phases, all details should be treated with skepticism, at least until Xiaomi itself confirms the plan to manufacture an EV.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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