Huawei’s first tech-packed electric car hits the road

CATL, the Chinese battery giant for electric cars, has just teamed up with tech giant Huawei to supply it with batteries, both for its own models, but also for those of partner manufacturers. Its first electric car, the Avatr 11, finally arrives.

As you know if you follow automotive news diligently, Huawei is no longer only specialized in the world of technology and smartphones.

The Chinese giant is working on its first electric car, and with this in mind, but not only, it has just signed a partnership with another Chinese giant, battery this time, namely CATL. The latter will supply Huawei with the batteries for its future electric cars, but also for partner manufacturers.

The birth of several other Chinese manufacturers?

The signing of this partnership also encompasses an increase in the two companies’ investments in technology for smart and connected electric vehicles, and their joint efforts to build a premium global automotive brand.

This is not the first collaboration between Huawei and CATL, the two companies have already used their respective strengths to the creation of new Chinese automobile brands.

Indeed, on August 24, 2021, Chinese automotive giant Changan Automobile joined Huawei and CATL to introduce its new premium brand of electric cars: Avatr Technology. Huawei does not own a party, but provides the hardware and software platform.

A year later, Avatr presents its first product, the Avatr 11, a model that has a battery provided by CATL and the operating system of Huawei HarmonyOS.

The brand used to be known as Changan Nio, a joint venture between Changan and Nio, but the name has since changed as Nio pulled out of that joint venture to regroup on its own business.

The Avatr 11 in a few figures

Going back to the Avatr 11, which is in a way the symbol of this partnership, it is a coupe SUV about 4.8 meters long and equipped with two electric motors to display a total power of 600 horsepower and 650 Nm. The car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds and the top speed is 200 km/h.

In terms of battery choice, Chinese customers will choose between two CATL packs of 90 kWh and 117 kWh. Their respective autonomy will be 555 kilometers and 680 kilometers in one charge. These figures presented however specify the CLTC homologation cycle, which is more optimistic than our European WLTP.

In terms of charging, the SUV offers 240 kW of power, which in theory allows you to recover 200 kilometers of autonomy in 5 minutes. This is made possible by its 800 volt architecture (750 volts to be precise).

Deliveries of Huwai’s electric car, the Avatr 11, are expected to begin in China in a few days. It is then necessary to count between 349,900 yuan (about 47,000 euros) and 409,900 yuan (about 55,000 euros). But beware, if this car ever arrives in Europe, the prices will be much higher.

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