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Huawei ArcFox Alpha S Series Smart Car: Highlights, Specification and Price

The ArcFox Alpha S series, a fully electric car powered by Huawei technology was launched at the 2021 Shanghai International Auto show on 17th April.

This automotive vehicle lineup was jointly developed by Huawei and BAIC’s new energy brand Jihu. It’s the first collaboration between both companies and seems very successful.

The companies are also planning the mass production of this series. It’s likely to be launched within this year. So you may look forward to the end of this year, you’ll get to experience this high-end electric car.

Series Hierarchy:

The ArcFox Alpha Smart car series offers two models the regular Alpha S model and the Alpha S HI model. The regular models come with the basic features whereas the HI-supported models come with the smart Huawei ADS.

Both the models are further subdivided into two versions- the basic version and the high-end version. There is a slight difference in both versions, also they share many similarities.

So you can say the entire series includes four models.

Highlights of the models:

  • Fast charging technology
  • Hongmeng OS (HarmonyOS) based smart cockpit
  • Huawei Kirin 990A Chipset
  • Huawei ADS
  • Powerful Lidar system

Fast charging technology:

The lineup adopts fast charging technology developed by Huawei. The smart temperature-controlled lithium-ion battery pack will give you long-lasting battery capacity.

The battery support for 93.6kWh and the three alternatives of NEDC ( New European Driving Cycle), 525km, 603km, and 708km.

It takes 1.5 hours using  AC slow charging whereas 7 hours using 20kW AC slow charging to be fully charged.  A single charge of 10 minutes will increase the battery life by 197 kilometers.

In addition, Huawei’s DC fast charge can fully charge the vehicle in 15 minutes. It also supports wireless charging with an exceeded charging efficiency of 92%.

Hongmeng OS (HarmonyOS) based smart cockpit:

Unsurprisingly, the cockpit works on Huawei’s self-developed Hogmeng OS (HarmonyOS). The OS established the interactive ecosystem between the smartphone and the smart cockpit.

As of now, Huawei’s application number reached double digits in the cockpit system. In the future, the company will add more applications to the system.

The 20.3-inches 4K car screen takes from the driving position to the autopilot position, supports the multi-gesture operation, screen switching, and more.

In terms of key functions, the OS supported many Huawei exclusive features. The line includes-

  • Huawei’s smart car solution
  • Powerful camera system
  • Domain controllers
  • Voice interaction
  • Precise control algorithms

Without any doubt, the HarmonyOS is the most highlighted feature of the Alpha S models.

Huawei Kirin 990A Chipset:

The smart cockpit chipset is powered by Huawei Kirin 990A for high-stream computing power. It also supports the 5G network of strong network control.

The Alpha S HI basic version can reach up to 400 TOPs of computing power and the high-end version can generate computing power of 800 TOPs.

It’s noteworthy that this time Huawei uses Taishan architecture for an automobile chipset. Previously, it was used in making server chips.

Huawei ADS: 

Huawei ADS (Autonomous Driving Support) featured in the Alpha S HI versions. The three-level of ADS supports NCA mode, ICA+ mode, and ICA mode.

The NCA mode autopilot driving can realize point-to-point automatic driving through the preinstalled map in the car, which amazing itself.

The operation of Huawei ADS is also easy. The user only needs to enter the location and activate the cruise lever under the steering wheel. And the vehicle will give you a ride to your destination.

It’s noteworthy that the high precision map used in the system limited to some selected areas. They are covers-

  1. Beijing
  2. Shanghai
  3. Guangzhou
  4. Shenzhen

If you are disappointed that you won’t be able to experience Huawei ADS because of the limited locations, let me share with you a piece of good news. Huawei is planning to commercialize its high-precision map within this year.

It will soon open a new batch of first and second-tier cities to cover reaming major cities. (Read More)

Powerful Lidar system:

The Polar Fox Alpha S HI version features a powerful lidar system that is able to realize autonomous driving on urban roads. The system includes the following variants-

  1. Three lidar
  2. Six-millimeter wave radars
  3. Nine camera

Of course, the front cameras are the bright spot of the system, which used the changed binocular camera in the middle. It works the same as the human eye.

Pricing Details:

Regular Alpha S Model

  • Basic Version: 251,900 Yuan (around 38,800 USD)
  • High-end Version: 344,900 Yuan (around 53,100USD)

HI Supported Alpha S Model

  • Basic Version: 388,900 Yuan (around 59,900 USD)
  • High-end Version: 429,900 Yuan (around 66,200 USD)

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