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.
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 (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-
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-
- Three lidar
- Six-millimeter wave radars
- 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.
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)
No autonomous driving model from Huawei and Volkswagen: Response
Recently, Huawei talks about the collaboration with Volkswagen for the autonomous driving models and clear the rumors. The company stated it doesn’t want to raise any flash hopes to its supporters about which isn’t going to happen.
According to previous reports, the Chines tech giant and the German car manufacturer were collaborating with each other. Under this agreement, both parties will be making innovative smart care featuring next-level autonomous driving technology.
However, people familiar with this matter stated, the information isn’t true, there isn’t any project is being discussed of this kind. On the other hand, the carmaker hasn’t responded to this matter yet while the Chine firm has cleared the rumors from its side.
The Matter: New Collaboration
If we seek help from the previous news, some sources disclosed that both companies are discussing the terms and conditions of a smart car project. According to this, Volkswagen will be sponsoring the autonomous driving model project, while Huawei will be the technology provider.
Furthermore, the China-based firm will be responsible for technical IP including software technology and the company’s IP chips. In this manner, it’ll retain its no-car-making policy while playing an important role in this project. Seems like, all was just made-ups and any company doesn’t plan this project.
Huawei’s smart car solution planning
Huawei ICT Business Unit Director Wang Tao has shared the company strategy that it’ll be going to adopt for the next 10 years. At the Autonomous Driving Network Summit, we come to know about Huawei’s perspective regarding the automotive industry’s current problems.
The company plans to accelerate full-stack AI empowerment, intently connected interface, single-domain autonomous closed loop, and cross-platform seamless connection. Moreover, it plans to achieve L4-level autonomous technology by 2025.
A new Huawei smart car “SERES Auto” surfed on the internet
Huawei and SERES are previously reported to introduce a new smart car, which will be more refine and high tech than the recently launched Smart Selection SF5. Related to this, a new Huawei smart car named “SERES Auto” has been surfed on the internet lately.
It’s said that the strategy this time will be different from the previous one, in which Huawei worked as one of the suppliers. Some relevant sources on this matter even said Huawei will handle all the matters related to designing to later marketing and sales.
To be more precise, we can see it as the company buying the entire SF5 series, except the manufacturing part. The company still standing on its no-car making policy and stated Huawei SERES Auto isn’t its next car as until you don’t manufacture a car you can’t own any smart car brand.
However, the company is still seeking new ways to rule over the automotive industry. Besides, the Shenzhen-based firms once reported bringing a 7-seater SF7 SUV that’ll equip with its full-stack smart car solution technology. This smart car will be able to support a 30W charging supply and will come with two variants- basic and advance.
Apart from the design and technologies, the reports also reveal the prices decided for both models. As per the information, the regular model will cost 300,000 Yuan meanwhile the advanced model that will come with the Huawei ADS will come with a price tag of 500,000 Yuan or more.
Huawei SERES Smart Select SF5 Smart Car:
On April 19th, 2021, Huawei and SERES launched the Smart Selection SF5 electric car that is able to realize 180 KM everyday drive. This car works at a high power of 405kW alongside a torque of 820 Nm. In addition, it has four exterior design colors- Zhan Hailan, Gilt Black, Titanium Silver Gray, and Peral White. Besides, it was initially priced at 216,800 Yuan and 246,80 Yuan on Huawei Mall.
Below, you can check the main highlights of the model-
- Huawei DriveONE
- Dual-Motor Four-Wheel drive
- 405 kW with 820 Torque N.m.
- 4.68 sec/100 km Acceleration
- High Strength Fram Design
- Huawei HiCar
- 11 Huawei Sound unit
After collaborating with Huawei, BAIC New Energy shares exceeded 20%
A few days ago, Huawei and BAIC’s subsidiary- BAIC New Energy has signed a deepening collaboration agreement. Both firms jointly working to develop a new brand in the ArcFox series that integrates with Huawei’s exclusive HiLink technology.
As cited in the document, the agreement contains a cooperation management mechanism, strengthen product research and development, and joint brand marketing. With this new agreement, the two parties increasing their business.
Notably, this contact has yet to come into practice and BAIC already seems to get the most benefits. The car OEM has recorded a shocking increase in its market value just after signed this framework agreement with Huawei.
According to the reports from the China Stock market, BAIC Technology’s shares have exceeded by 20% in just three days. To be more precise, Huawei and BAIC New Energy announced their further collaboration on 26th September 2021. Just after it, the company’s market value springs on 27th, 28th, and 29th September.
Besides, the market analyzer is regarding this situation as abnormal stock trading fluctuation. In addition, investors are requested to pay attention as it’s just the beginning of the agreement.
Coming back to the collaboration contact, this contract has a 96 months validity. However, both firms can extend the duration as well as terminate it before the timeline with mutual concerns. Moreover, we are waiting for the next astonishing product with the capability of both firms, but we have high expectations after their last ArcFox series.