China’s Future Mobility Promises Self-Driving Electric Car By 2020

JUL 23 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 5

Foxconn - Hon Hai

Foxconn – Hon Hai

China’s Tencent and Hon Hai are the backers of automotive venture Future Mobility, a company that now says it’ll enter the electric car market with a self-driving car by 2020.

Future Mobility initially began as a venture that would take aim at Tesla by offering high-end electric cars. The start-up automaker has since back down from that stance and now says it’ll focus more mass production of several models that are more on the aoffrdable side.

As Reuters states:

“Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.”

“Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said, defining mass production as 250,000 to 400,000 cars annually.”

So, it seems Future Mobility wants to jump straight to producing a field of vehicles that could compete with the Tesla Model 3.

But Future Mobility is nowhere near beginning production on any electric car at this point in time. The start-up automaker is still in the opening phase of collecting funding, but no terms have been disclosed.

Several Chinese start ups are all claiming to be in the opening phases of designing electric cars for the worldwide market. Only a couple, if any, will ever succeed.

Reuters adds:

“Future Mobility is not the first upstart automaker to make bold pronouncements. Chinese-invested Atieva aims to launch an electric car by 2018.”

“LeEco says its proposed smart electric cars will eventually be free, making money on in-car content and other services.”

“But Future Mobility stands out from its competitors for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.”

Yet none of these automakers have a car on the road for public consumption yet, and there are few, if any, actual committed dates announced for launching these electric cars for the publi.

Source: Reuters

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Ah those Chinese… similar name, similar font…
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Most don’t want them ., Yet they keep on pushing them on us. WHY ?????

Because it is an inevitable economic and environmental evolution. Less cars on the road, electric car are the only viable economic choice for fleets, and autonomous = fleets of anonymous cars. Maximization of the use of the cars = less cars on the roads, less traffic and less pollution.
That said I will drive my own car as long as I can.

Yeah, self-driving. They’ll use the controller for a Roomba.

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Chinese labor is cheap compared to American labor therfore Chinese EVs will cost less to manufacture. Furthermore, Chinese companies are sucking Africa dry of natural resources for a song, further reducing their manufacturing cost. We will see the day when Chinese EVs are sold in the west.