Huawei AITO follows Tesla, cuts price upto $4470
On January 13, Huawei powered Chinese car maker AITO announced a new price cut of upto 30000 yuan ($4,470) after American EV giant Tesla reduced the prices. This new price and services for new and existing customers will be applied from January 13, 2023, as a New Year’s Thanksgiving.
According to the price reduction details, AITO M5 EV rear-wheel drive standard version is 259,800 yuan, straight down 28,800 yuan ($4,172). While M5 EV four-wheel drive performance version is 289,800 yuan, down 30,000 yuan ($4,470).
After the price reduction, the price of the M5 EV is basically the same as that of the Tesla Model Y rear-drive version. The price of the M7 luxury version is basically the same as that of the Model Y with long battery life. It is obvious that it is a close match.
Unlike Tesla, AITO has plans for existing customers. Even the M5 extended range version that did not participate in the price reduction discount this time, the old users can also get 2 years of basic maintenance, and with the M5 EV and M7 participating in this discount, old users Users can get more compensation.
In addition, all existing models of AITO will undergo OTA upgrade in the near future, adding features such as a super home screen, smart car search, HUD height automatic adjustment, and more. There will also be new optimization coming to the smart travel experience of AITO.
Among them, all M5 EV users can get 33,000 yuan of rights and interests, including the first owner to verify the vehicle warranty to 8 years/160,000 kilometers (estimated 21,000 yuan), and 120,000 AITO points (worth 12,000 yuan).
Owners of M7 Comfort Edition and Deluxe Edition can obtain rights and interests worth 35,000 yuan, including the first owner’s verification of vehicle warranty up to 8 years/160,000 kilometers (estimated at 23,000 yuan), 120,000 AITO points (worth 12,000 yuan).
Owners of the M7 flagship version who have not lowered the price this time, and the first owner can also receive a welfare policy of 8 years/160,000 kilometers (estimated at 23,000 yuan) for the entire vehicle warranty.
After the official announcement, Huawei Yu Chengdong immediately posted a blog saying: AITO Wenjie delivered more than 75,000 vehicles last year. It is the fastest-growing new energy vehicle brand. Thank you for your support!
Huawei is still a strategic partner: Chairman of GAC Group
Recently, a notification of cooperation between Huawei and GAC has gathered extra attention from many peoples online. However, the carmakers said that Huawei is still a strategic partner with GAC motors.
At the 2022 performance conference of GAC Group, Zeng Qinghong, chairman of GAC Group explained the transformation of the cooperation model with Huawei. He said Huawei is still a strategic partner of GAC Group, and the projects between the two parties are still advancing.
A report previously mentioned that GAC Group planned to jointly develop and release new brands with Huawei in 2025.
As currently, GAC has two new brands – Aian and Haobo. It is necessary to launch a new brand, so after friendly consultations with GAC and Huawei, it was decided to transform Huawei into a strategic partner supplier through complementary advantages.
On this matter, the general manager of GAC Group, Feng Xingya said both parties are cooperating in many fields even before the Aian AH8 project.
He mentioned that changing from joint development to independent development does not mean that the cooperation with Huawei has ended.
“Huawei is still an important strategic partner of GAC.” said Feng.
There are changes between the beginning of the establishment of the enterprise project and the current reality.
GAC made the above choice out of flexibility considerations. At the same time, GAC is also insisting on the advanced pursuit of brand tonality.
You should know that, GAC Aian and Huawei cooperating on the AH8 model project since 2021. The two companies building a new generation of smart car digital platforms based on the GAC GEP3.0 chassis platform and Huawei CCA (computing and communication architecture), equipped with Huawei HI full-stack intelligence Car solutions.
It has a joint definition and joint development, jointly creating a series of smart cars for the future, the first model is a medium and large pure electric SUV.
Changan Auto denies rumors of changing AVITA to ‘Huawei AVITA’
China’s well-known car manufacturer, Changan Automobile has denied rumors of changing its collaboration car brand name from Avita to “Huawei Avita”.
The carmaker said that Avita technology is building an international high-end SEV (Smart Electric Vehicle) brand. This firm is led by Changan Automobile, Huawei, and CATL.
These companies empower different parts of the Avita technologies including vehicle R&D, smart manufacturing, smart car solutions, and smart power ecosystem.
The firms are working in synergy to create a new generation of smart electric vehicle technology called CHN. It has a new architecture, strong computing, and high-voltage charging.
According to the information, AVITA or AVATR is jointly created by Huawei, Changan Auto, and CATL. These companies built battery solutions and vehicle manufacturing done by Changan Auto.
Also, Huawei has no shares in Avita but it supplies important hardware including electric motors and software for smart driving, connectivity, and infotainment system powered by the HarmonyOS operating system.
Avita is looking to unveil the new Avita 11 later this year, while the company has successfully completed a large number of delivery in 2022.
Last week, Avita announced the Avita 11 single motor vehicle, which is a new version of 2022’s Avita 11 dual-motor four-wheel drive.
600kW Huawei EV charger leaked, faster than Tesla superchargers
Huawei is working with its car partner to build better EVs and smart cars in China. However, the company’s recent leak of a 600kW Huawei charger station shows that it’s far ahead of the competition such as Tesla.
Recently, some live images of Huawei’s exclusive 600kW supercharging station leaked online. The charging station is located in the open in a Chinese industrial area. The shape is square, and there is a cooling device at the bottom.
The specs details on the charger reveal “Huawei Digital Power Technology Co. LTD” as the manufacturer. While this new unit is manufactured in December last year.
The size dimensions are 295 x 340 x 1700 mm and it’s very tall and painted in red Huawei color.
The model number of this charger is DT600L1-CNA1 and it supports China’s national standard 2015 DC fast charging, single-gun output, and the output voltage range is 200-1000V. On the other hand, the maximum output current is 600A, and the maximum output power is 600kW.
While searching, we found that this is called “FusionCharger” and it’s a liquid-cooled charger. It has a charging hub that ranges up to 3.5 meters, which reason it’s using a thick body.
Some industry experts say that Huawei planned to rollout these chargers in 2035 but the company is already giving a test drive for the limited users in advance. We could also take it as an advance move to cover the upcoming Huawei AITO Wenji M9 model, which will launch later this year.
Similar superchargers are designed with two charging ports and a rated voltage of 1000V. The rated total output power is 360kW. The output power of a single charging cable is 180kW, and the maximum output current is 250A.
Faster than Tesla:
In comparison, Tesla’s current generation of V3 chargers can only provide 250kW power. Also, the upcoming V4 supercharger is expected to take it up to 350 kW. Still, the current exposure of the Huawei charger keeps it faster than Tesla.
But we need to wait for the final release to know more about the specs of this 600kW Huawei EV charger.