Foxconn’s EV Pickup Seeks to Tempt Automakers

Foxconn’s EV Pickup Seeks to Tempt Automakers

Jumping onto the electric pickup bandwagon, China’s Foxconn may not produce the Model V electric truck just yet – but it hopes another automaker might. 

Rather than a production-serious concept aimed at consumers, the Model V’s actual target are large automakers looking for a head-start on e-mobility. In other words, Foxconn wants to sell automakers from its growing bin of electric vehicle-ready components. However, it does not appear to be shying away from the idea of building EVs themselves, either.

Key among those is the Hon Hai Open Platform, which the Model V shares with the Model C SUV, which debuted last year alongside two other electric vehicles; the Model E sports sedan co-designed with Pininfarina, and the Model T bus. Trademark claims aside, the Model C actually entered production in Taiwan as its first production EV, set to hit roads in 2023.

Boasting a double cab and seating for five, the Model V electric pickup also gets nifty features such as digital wing mirrors and a foot-operated electric gate. Again, two features are unlikely to come to market, though Foxconn is hoping a promised range of 186 to 497 miles might tempt some automakers. Indeed, they already have signed agreements with Stellantis, Rivian, and Geely.

The Model V didn’t debut alone, premiering alongside the Model B, an “urban crossover” with a 0.26 drag coefficient and a 280 mile/450km driving range. Foxconn/Hon Hai is seemingly playing it smart – offering ready-to-go EV platforms, but also seeking to get its technology across other brands as well. Who knows where these driving iPhones might end up next?


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