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Xiaomi Announces Ambitious Entrance into Electric Global Car Market

By Yemi Olakitan

Chinese consumer electronics giant, Xiaomi has announced its entrance into the electric car market with its first electric car model. The company declared an ambition of becoming a global automotive powerhouse despite fierce competition at home, on Thursday.

Beijing-based Xiaomi, which is the world’s fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer, is also a leading provider of tablets, smart watches, headphones, and electric scooters.

The company announced in 2021 its intended foray into electric vehicles, joining a trend that has seen several major Chinese tech companies pivot towards the highly competitive sector.

Xiaomi boss, Lei Jun, who announced the entrant, said the SU7 is scheduled to enter the market in 2025.

The model is integrated with Xiaomi software to enable functionality across the firm’s range of devices and will be produced by local manufacturer, BAIC.

“The goal is to become one of the world’s top five automotive manufacturers through 15 to 20 years of hard work,” Lei said.

The SU7’s batteries are to be supplied by China’s largest electric automaker BYD, as well as domestic battery giant CATL.

Many top tech firms in China, the world’s largest automotive market ,have invested recently in the country’s EV sector, where foreign firms have struggled to take hold.

BYD was the undisputed leader of China’s EV market in November with more than 300,000 models sold, coming in far ahead of Tesla’s more than 80,000, according to figures from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Founded in 2010, Xiaomi has achieved rapid growth through its strategy of marketing high-end devices at affordable prices, which were initially sold directly through online channels.

The firm was placed on a blacklist by the United States in 2021 due to alleged links to the Chinese military.

As obtained from energy.gov, a foremost leading US government department of energy, the timeline of the history of electric cars dates back to 1893.

In recent times, in December 2010, Nissan released the LEAF, an all-electric, zero tailpipe emissions car. In January 2013, Nissan began assembling the LEAF in Tennessee for the North American market thanks to a loan from the Energy Department.

 

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