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August 2, 2021

GAC and Huawei plan ‘smart SUV’ EV

New EV will have advanced autonomous capability.

By Graeme Roberts

GAC Group said its first joint project with tech giant Huawei would be a “smart SUV” with mass production targeted by the end of 2023.

The medium to large size, pure electric SUV would have Level 4 autonomous driving capability.

“GAC Group embraces and encourages extensive technological innovation in its vehicles, and Huawei is a global leader in many types of technology. This strategic cooperation will allow them to build a new generation of intelligent vehicles and digital platforms,” the pair said in a joint statement.

“This SUV and multiple other future models will utilise GAC’s GEP.30 chassis platform and Huawei’s computing and communication architecture as well as carrying “Huawei’s full stack of intelligent vehicle solutions”.

Since signing a strategic cooperation agreement in 2017, GAC and Huawei have worked together on intelligent connected electric vehicle technology.

In September 2020 in Guangzhou, the two firms signed an agreement to further deepen cooperation, with a focus on computing and communication architecture in accordance of the development trend towards ‘software-heavy’ vehicles.

GAC Motor aims to produce an entirely electrified lineup of vehicles by 2025.

GAC and Huawei plan to produce eight models together.

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