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Xiaomi Launches SU7 with 800 km Range, 2.78s 0-100 km/h Acceleration

Xiaomi Launches SU7 with 800 km Range, 2.78s 0-100 km/h Acceleration
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Xiaomi, the Chinese tech giant primarily known for its smartphones, recently unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV), the SU7, stepping ambitiously into the automotive industry. Announced in Beijing, the SU7 – short for Speed Ultra – is positioned by CEO Lei Jun as a cutting-edge model with advanced electric motor technology, potentially outperforming competitors like Tesla and Porsche in acceleration.

Xiaomi Launches SU7 with 800 km Range, 2.78s 0-100 km/h Acceleration

Despite its imminent launch in a few months, the SU7 enters a challenging Chinese auto market characterized by overcapacity and waning demand, sparking aggressive pricing strategies among manufacturers. However, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun remains undeterred, envisioning Xiaomi as a top five global automaker within the next two decades. He aspires to elevate China’s automotive industry, drawing parallels with luxury brands like Porsche and Tesla.

A unique selling point of the SU7 is its integration with Xiaomi’s ecosystem, offering drivers a seamless connection with the company’s extensive range of mobile apps and smart devices. This synergy could give Xiaomi an edge, according to Bill Russo, CEO of Shanghai-based Automobility, who sees the automobile evolving into a smart device.

Xiaomi Launches SU7 with 800 km Range, 2.78s 0-100 km/h Acceleration

The SU7 will be available in two variants: one with a 668 km range and another extending up to 800 km on a single charge, surpassing Tesla’s Model S in range. Pricing details remain undisclosed, but Lei hinted at a premium price that he believes will be justified.

Xiaomi’s entry into the EV market aligns with its strategy to diversify beyond smartphones, a sector experiencing stagnation. Other Chinese tech giants, like Huawei and Baidu, have also ventured into EV partnerships, signifying a broader industry trend.

With a commitment to invest $10 billion in the automotive sector over the next decade, Xiaomi is a rare new entrant in China’s EV space to receive regulatory approval. Its vehicles will be produced in Beijing by a BAIC Group unit, with an annual capacity of 200,000 units.

Xiaomi Launches SU7 with 800 km Range, 2.78s 0-100 km/h Acceleration

In the crowded Chinese EV market, Xiaomi’s primary competition is likely to be BYD, which holds a substantial market share, followed by Tesla. Despite these challenges and an initial dip in its stock price following the announcement, Xiaomi’s move into EVs represents a significant pivot for the company and a broader shift in the tech industry towards automotive innovation.

Lei’s announcement also included details about the SU7’s suitability for cold weather, boasting fast-charging capabilities and advanced technology for obstacle detection in challenging conditions like snow. Additionally, the vehicle is set to feature state-of-the-art autonomous driving technology.