You might not have ever heard of the company Foxconn, but you’ve definitely heard of the product they make, Apple iPhones.
Foxconn is a Taiwanese electronics company that happens to be one of the largest manufacturers of iPhones, and they recently announced they’re expanding beyond cell phones and into the automotive world with a
Foxconn has unveiled plans for an
electric vehiclethey’re calling the Foxtron Model B.
What is Foxconn?
Before we jump into details about the Foxtron Model B, it’s important to understand what Foxconn, the car’s manufacturer, actually does.
Foxconn is a manufacturer contract company based in Taiwan. That means, the brand isn’t interested in making any of its own products with the Foxconn name, but instead closing contracts to manufacture other companies' big products, like the iPhone.
Foxconn leaders stated that with their current iPhone manufacturing rate, they have between 40% and 45% of the cell phone market share.
As they break into the automotive world, their long-term goal is to get the same market share of EVs.
To do that, Foxconn created Foxtron, a joint venture between their company and Yulon Motor company, and Foxconn recently purchased an electric vehicle assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio from struggling
EV startup Lordstown Motors.
Eventually, Foxconn wants to use its United States plant to produce EVs for car brands like Tesla, Jaguar, and more.
What is the Foxtron Model B?
The Foxtron Model B is a hatchback electric vehicle. According to
Car and Driver, initial production of the Model B will take place in China during 2023, but the vehicle will actually be built in Foxconn’s Ohio assembly plant starting in 2024. The Foxtron Model B was designed by Italian-based design company Pininfarina.
On the exterior of the electric hatchback, we see large wheels and an LED light bar on both the front and back. There’s also a stylized C-pillar, and the taillights will be able to communicate messages to pedestrians for safety purposes.
Car and Driver reports that the Model B will utilize Foxconn’s open-source Mobility in Harmony (MiH) for driving. MiH supports single and dual-motor setups, and the range is rumored to be over 400 miles before needing a charge.
More vehicles in Foxconn’s future
With such ambitious goals in the automotive world, it isn’t surprising that Foxconn has more up its sleeve than just the Foxconn Model B.
Fox Business, Foxconn has revealed that the Mobility in Harmony platform will also be used in future models like the Foxconn Model C SUV and Model E sedan.
Lordstown factoryrecently began manufacturing an electric vehicle with a different name, the Lordstown Endurance pickup truck. They’ve also announced they will build a prototype of the electric Indi One, from EV start-up Indi.