Foxconn Plans To Provide Roughly Half Of All EVs Sold Worldwide

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  • Foxconn aims to manufacture nearly half of all electric vehicles sold globally in the long term.
  • The remarks highlight the scale of Foxconn’s ambitions as it pushes into a new growth industry.
  • They are also planning to develop auto chips together.

Foxconn aims to manufacture nearly half of all electric vehicles sold globally in the long term, the iPhone maker said on Tuesday, as it introduced two new prototype EVs for sale by branded automakers.

New growth industry

The world’s largest contract electronics manufacturer has cornered 40-45%of the world’s information and communications technology market, especially in personal computers and mobile phones, Foxconn chief executive Liu Young-way told reporters.

“Hopefully we can achieve the same […] as in the ICT industry,” Liu said of the EV market.

The remarks highlight the scale of Foxconn’s ambitions as it pushes into a new growth industry.

The Taiwanese group, which racked up $215bn in revenues last year assembling and making components for smartphones, PCs and other electronic products ranging from game consoles to industrial robots, started developing an EV business in 2019.

Smart cockpit solutions

A year later, it formed an industry alliance called MIH with suppliers to develop joint software and hardware platforms for use in the design and manufacture of cars for branded customers.

It is also increasing production of an electric pick-up truck for EV start-up Lordstown Motors in Ohio and has a growing partnership with European-American auto group Stellantis, under which the two jointly develop smart cockpit solutions for EVs.

They are also planning to develop auto chips together.

Foxconn has said it hopes to gain a 5% share of the global EV market by 2025, which will be worth about NT$1,000bn (US$31bn) in revenues.

“Currently it looks very likely that we can meet that target,” Liu said. 

“Our line-up of five EVs in the past 24 months is to show our customers and future customers that we can design and build EVs that are good looking and can stand up to safety.”

EV business

He added that the models introduced last year — a sedan, an SUV and a bus — were going into production in Taiwan, Thailand and the US.

“Foxconn is not in the business of selling its own EV brand,” Liu said. 

“I hope one day we can do Tesla cars for Tesla,” he added.

If Foxconn succeeds, the EV push could transform the company.

While its traditional ICT manufacturing was heavily concentrated in China and was only gradually diversifying to south-east Asia and India, Liu said new staff in the EV business were exclusively outside China.

 

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Source: Financial Times

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