Foxtron reveals EV ute and SUVs, sets lofty sales target

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Foxtron has revealed an electric ute and hatchback as well as a production version of its electric SUV.

The company – a spinoff of Taiwanese Foxconn, best known as a contract manufacturer for the iPhone and Xbox – plans to have Model C crossovers on Taiwanese roads in the second half of 2023.

Foxconn confirmed at its annual Hon Hai Tech Day that it’ll produce vehicles in Taiwan, Thailand and the US, with production of the Model B crossover hatchback and Model V pickup to start in 2024.

It’s building a complete EV supply chain, including its own battery plant in Taiwan, and has an ambitious goal to capture five per cent of the global EV market as early as 2025.

It’s not the only ambitious goal for the Taiwanese company.

“I hope one day we can do Tesla cars for Tesla,” said chairman Liu Young-way in remarks reported by Reuters.

The company says its own electric pickup, the Model V, has a payload of up to 1 ton and a towing capacity of 3 tons, and can “traverse all terrains”.

It also features digital rear-view mirrors, though the company didn’t reveal any further specifications or dimensions.

The Model B is an “urban crossover” measuring 4.3m long, or roughly the length of a Kia Seltos albeit with a longer, 2.8m wheelbase.

Foxtron says the streamlined roof and air curtain on the D-pillar reduce air turbulence, allowing the Model B to achieve a drag coefficient of 0.26. Range is a claimed 450km.

It shares its platform with the larger Model C.

This mid-sized, 4.6m-long three-row crossover was revealed in production form 12 months after the concept version was shown at last year’s Foxconn tech day.

It has a claimed range of nearly 700km, with a drag coefficient of 0.28 and a 0-100km/h time of 3.8 seconds.

Last year’s concept was revealed alongside the Model E sedan, claimed to have up to 560kW of power, a 0-100km/h time of 2.8 seconds, and 750km of range.

Foxtron has previously confirmed its in-house architecture can support a wheelbase between 2750mm and 3100mm, as well as a variety of track and ride heights, making it suitable for sedans, hatches, crossovers, and people movers.

Battery packs with 93kWh, 100kWh and 116kWh can be installed.

A variety of electric motors can be employed at both ends, with the initial offering consisting of 95kW, 150kW and 200kW front motors, and 150kW, 200kW, 240kW and 340kW units for the rear axle.

Likening the Tesla range to the “iPhone of EV”, Foxtron wants its EV platform to be the “Android of EV”.

US Foxtron production will take place at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio which Foxconn acquired from US startup Lordstown Motors, who in turn purchased it from General Motors. As part of the deal, the Taiwanese manufacturer will produce Lordstown Endurance electric pickups.

Foxconn chairman Liu Young-way, in remarks reported by Nikkei Asia, said the US plant will be able to produce between 500,000 and 600,000 cars annually, while the Thailand facility will produce up to 200,000 cars annually.

It used this year’s tech day to showcase some of its components, including a solid-state battery, semiconductors, and a silicon carbide power module.

It also previewed its electric power steering system, which Foxconn says is 20 per cent smaller than a conventional system but uses a 48V motor.

It’s partnering with Stellantis on chip production and is in discussions to partner with companies in India and Indonesia to produce EVs there.

In addition to building vehicles for Lordstown Motors in Ohio, it’ll also produce the upcoming Pear EV for Fisker at the same facility.

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