Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies and automotive local startup Seres jointly launched the new Seres Huawei Smart Selection SF5 hybrid electric vehicle at the Shanghai motor show this week.

Seres, formerly known as SF Motors, is a subsidiary of Chongqing Sokon Industry Group and based in Santa Clara, California.

The new model officially goes on sale on Wednesday (21 April) at Seres and Huawei showrooms and via mobile applications for prices ranging between CNY216,800 and CNY246,800 (US$33,400-$38,000).

The vehicle is equipped with three Huawei systems, including DriveONE electric drive, HiCar smart connection and Sound high-quality music player.

Huawei said its three-in-one electric drive system offers both improved energy efficiency and ‘world-class’ performance. In pure electric mode the SF5 has a range of 150km but, in extended-range using both the two electric motors and the 1.5-litre engine, it has a range of over 1,000km (600 miles) under the New European Driving Cycle regulations.

Huawei also claimed it could accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.7 seconds.

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The HiCar system enables users to switch seamlessly from mobile phone apps to the central control panel, giving access to navigation and other onboard systems.

Earlier this month, Huawei announced plans to focus significant resources to expand its presence in the automotive sector, especially on autonomous driving and intelligent vehicle technology.

The company said it planned to invest US$1bn to develop smart driving technology, including software and components, to “help carmakers better embrace connectivity and intelligence”.

Separately, Chinese telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies unveiled its HI intelligent automotive solution which consists of a computing system, 4D imaging radar, autonomous driving platform and intelligent thermal management. It runs on Harmony OS and a lidar chip and has 5G connectivity.

Huawei had also collaborated with Beijing-based BAIC Group to help it develop intelligent systems for its premium electric car brand Arcfox.

Wang Jun, president of the intelligent automotive solutions business unit, said in a statement: “A revolution in intelligent cars is looming and Huawei will constantly conduct technological innovation to brighten the outlook for the sector.”