Nope, Ford has nothing to do with these.
Hon Hai Precision Inc., better known as ‘Foxconn’ or iPhone contract manufacturer, has made its official entry into the electric vehicle segment with three vehicles: Model C SUV, Model E sedan and Model T bus. Branded as ‘Foxtron’, these EVs are developed in association with Taiwanese automaker Yulon Motor.
The Model C SUV measures 4.64 meters long with a wheelbase of 2.86 meters, which makes it slightly smaller than the Tesla Model Y. However, according to Foxconn, the Model C can comfortably accommodate 5+2 people and also offer plenty of storage spaces. As for styling, I think it is fairly minimal, and it appears that the designers have taken inspiration from some of the popular SUVs in the global market.
The Model C also claims some impressive figures, such as a drag co-efficient of 0.27 Cd, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 3.8 seconds, and a range of up to 700 km (435 mi).
Next up is the Model E sedan, jointly designed in association with Italian design firm Pininfarina. The sedan too has taken a minimalistic approach, but notice that the two cars look like they came from different brands altogether. I mean, there’s no brand signature here, like BMW’s kidney grille or Kia tiger nose grille, for example. Also, is it just me or does the Model E sedan remind you of the Lucid Air?
But anyway, features would include face recognition door opening technology, and the ability to transform the rear seat space into a dedicated mobile office.
This one too claims some big numbers, such as an output of 750 hp, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of 2.8 seconds, and a range of up to 750 km (466 mi).
The Model T is, of course, an urban electric bus, and its safety and construction apparently meet the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) regulations and standards. Foxconn claims that the Model T has completed 200,000 km (124,274 mi) of acceleration endurance tests and more than 1,000 hours of rigid strength tests at Taiwan’s Automotive Research & Testing Center (ARTC).
Its battery pack is claimed to withstand temperatures of up to 400 degrees, and offer a range of over 400 km (249 mi). Also, the bus is claimed to be capable of doing a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph), although not sure why anyone would want to do that kind of speed in a city bus.
Foxconn didn’t announce when these vehicles would go on sale, but according to reports, it’s gonna be sometime in 2023.