Well, this is a surprise to us. While it is no secret Apple is planning to make its own electric vehicle, we did not expect Foxconn, Apple’s iPhone assembler would beat Apple to the EV business. Unveiled at the Foxconn’s parent company Hon Hai’s Tech Day (Hon Hai Tech Day 2021 or HHTD21) were not one, not two, but three EVs.
There was a sedan called Model E, an SUV called Model C and a bus referred to as Model T. No prize for guessing where Foxconn has gotten the naming inspiration. Oh, the EVs aren’t branded as Foxconn and also, Foxconn is not in it on its own.
The Taiwan-based tech company has teamed up with another Taiwanese company, Yulon Group, to develop and make these electric vehicles under a joint venture brand called Foxtron.
Kicking off the EV lineup is the 7-seater SUV, Model C that has a claimed 0-62 performance of 3.8 seconds, an ultra-low drag coefficient of 0.27 Cd, and an extended range of 435 miles (700 km). Beyond that, not a lot is known about this car.
Next up is the Model E, a performance sedan with a Pininfarina design. Foxconn said the Model E packs 750 horses which allows it to wipe the century sprint in mere 2.8 seconds. The unknown motor(s) and battery system afford Model E with an even more impressive range of 466 miles (750 km).
Finally, there is the Model T bus that is, well, a city bus. It will have a range of 249 miles and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h).
It is worthy to note that, while the vehicles are being developed by the joint venture brand, Foxtron, the vehicles won’t be sold as Foxtron brands. For example, the Model C will be sold under one of Yulon Group’s brands and the Model E will be “sold by an as-yet-unnamed brand.”
As for the bus, its status is unclear. However, we do know that the bus has a highly rigid body design and protection that meets the Federal Transit Administration regulations and standards, and it has since completed 200,000 km of the acceleration endurance test and it has clocked in over 1,000 hours of rigid strength tests.
Images: Foxconn [CH].