Hon Hai Technology Group (Foxconn), the world’s largest technology manufacturer and service provider, announced two prototype self-developed electric vehicles at its third annual Hon Hai Tech Day (HHTD): the Model B crossover hatchback and the all-terrain V model, electric pickup.
At the same time, Hon Hai introduced the MODEL C production vehicle, which will be delivered to Taiwan next year, while showcasing key components of the electric vehicle supply chain, such as the electric power steering system. (EPS), solid-state battery, silicon carbide power module and semiconductor. In addition, this year’s HHTD promoted the contract design and manufacturing service (CDMS) business model in the field of electric vehicles in the next decade.
Hon Hai’s rapid development in the field of electric vehicles is a continuation of the Group’s growth and innovation. In the past, we have helped global brand customers transform the consumer electronics industry chain step by step by providing consumers with extraordinary and affordable technology products. In the future, Hon Hai will definitely redefine the electric vehicle industry and provide drivers with a safe and comfortable user experience in transportation.
—Hon Hai, Chairman and CEO, Young Liu, and Founder, Terry Gou
Hon Hai’s vision has always been to produce comprehensive solutions for flagship customers and provide comprehensive smart lifestyles. We made PCs and cell phones. From now and in the future, we will create electric vehicles.
For more than 40 years, the greatest value we bring to global top brand customers is that Hon Hai is your most trusted and reliable partner. In the electric vehicle industry, we are adamant about CDMS: it means contract design and manufacturing service. This commitment will not change. In the next 10 years, Hon Hai in the electric vehicle industry will redefine CDMS in the automotive field and continue to promote vertically integrated technology services. Our goal is to provide the range of high-tech services and capabilities automakers need to propel them to become more competitive.
—Hon Hai, Chairman and CEO, Young Liu
The all-new MODEL B prototype concept crossover is based on the MODEL C platform, but with platform size changes and a new body design. Its S-duct design, streamlined roof and air curtain on the D-pillar significantly reduce air turbulence. This allows MODEL B to achieve an excellent drag coefficient of 0.26. As a custom city car, the compact 4.3 meter MODEL B has a range of 450 kilometers and uses a 2.8 meter wheelbase to create a comfortable and spacious cockpit.
MODEL C, as the first electric vehicle built on the MIH open platform, has gone straight from last year’s concept prototype to this year’s production vehicle, fully demonstrating Hon Hai’s automotive manufacturing capabilities. With a drag coefficient of 0.28, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and a range of nearly 700 kilometres, this electric, economical and multifunctional model meets the expectations of motorists. The production version of the MODEL C is expected to hit the road in Taiwan in the second half of 2023.
With the landmark debut of Taiwan’s first electric pickup MODEL V, Hon Hai completes its lineup of passenger cars and large commercial vehicles. The MODEL V is the result of the vertical integration of alliance partners Hon Hai and MIH. It is the first electric pickup designed and developed in Taiwan. It has a payload capacity of up to 1 ton and a towing capacity of 3 tons.
The electric pickup adopts a double-cab and 5-seater configuration. Sensors surrounding the body are combined with electronic mirrors and a display screen to integrate the dashboard.
HHEV.OS architecture. To lower the threshold for entering the electric vehicle industry, Hon Hai has simplified the complexity of software development and greatly shortened the development time with HHEV.OS. This EV software platform has excellent scalability, complies with vehicle regulations and safety, and guarantees instant and reliable transmission.
With the HHEV.OS software platform, EV designers can focus on the most valuable development work and achieve the goal of rapid product launch. At the same time, Hon Hai will also request MIH to make HHEV.OS the standard for MIH’s open software platform.
At the first annual HHTD in 2020, Hon Hai announced the MIH Open Platform, promoting standardization, modularization, and platform approach to technologies. Through sharing and division of labor, Hon Hai changes the traditional system of the auto industry and establishes an open technical standard and supply chain.
In the second HHTD in 2021, Hon Hai launched three electric vehicles, MODEL C, MODEL E and MODEL T. With a diversified product line in electric vehicles, Hon Hai demonstrates strong R&D and agile manufacturing of electric vehicles. At the third HHTD 2022, Hon Hai not only expands the scope of its electric vehicle offerings, but also redefines the CDMS to promote vertical integration services.