Xiaomi could announce an electric vehicle at its hardware launch event
Over the years, Xiaomi has diversified its portfolio to include everything ranging from high-end smartphones, electric scooters, beard trimmers and even toothbrushes. The company is about it make its boldest leap forward if a new report from Reuters is to be believed, which says that Xiaomi is partnering up with Chinese automaker Great Wall to make an electric vehicle.
Xiaomi aims to use Great Wall's infrastructure with its in-house technology to make a foray into the EV market. It could leverage some of the AI technology developed for making XiaoAI, its China-only voice assistant, help make the EVs more autonomous. Whether or not it will use its in-house hardware to drive said vehicles remains to be seen. Given the expertise to develop an automotive chip from scratch, that will likely not be the case, and Xiaomi might stick to Nvidia hardware.
Since the information is based on rumours, neither Xiaomi nor Great Wall commented on it. The EV is expected to hit the road by 2023 if things go smoothly. An international launch seems unlikely at this point, given the complexities around importing cars. We can expect to hear more about it soon, presumably at the March 29th hardware event, which is rumoured to be over two-and-a-half hours long. It will include smartphones, tablets, foldables, and talk about Xiaomi's other endeavours.