Hengchi 1 is getting closer, production will start in 2021. For Evergrande Auto, it's a bet on the premium segment that needs to be redeemed. If, not so long ago, the new brand's electric car had been given little chance, they are not that bad today. Because Hengchi 1 drives up with all gadgets that are currently feasible.
In China, the first Hengchi 1 commercial is running on social networks six months before production starts. The clip gives you an idea of the range of equipment with which Evergrande's first electric car will be launched. In general, Hengchi 1 can do everything that is feasible today due to G5 networks and the digital infrastructure.
The basis is the H-Smart OS, Hengchi's own operating system, which Evergrande is developing in cooperation with Tencent. Evergrande does not start with development from scratch, but relies on existing know-how from Tencent and cooperation with other automakers.
Display with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors
Hengchi 1 will have the most modern Car2x technology that communicates with other vehicles and the road. It helps avoid accidents and glide through traffic without traffic jams. Of course, the e-car automatically searches for its parking space and leaves it again when requested. Completely networked, it becomes a mobile smart home or corporate headquarters. Conferences are possible via the display, which can control up to 9 screens at the same time and has the latest Snapdragon processors, as well as video calls on the home screen.
The individual displays can change their position with a "swipe"; the augmented reality HUD is almost boring with this flood of technology. It projects animations onto the roadway and safely shows the way. Digital helpers manage purchases and contacts. Hengchi 1 constantly scans the driver, checks their vital signs and, if necessary, contacts the medical service.
If the driver gets tired, the computer carefully takes care of a cooling breeze and provides animation. Of course, Hengchi 1 also masters bidirectional charging. The car is becoming a mobile energy storage device, a feature that is still rare in the world of electric cars. Luxury is not neglected either. The multiple adjustable individual seats in the font provide optional sleeping comfort on long journeys and a high-end audio system for entertainment.
The bet on the premium segment is bold - and so far unique. A provider emerges from nowhere that not only builds cars, but also wants to cover the entire mobile ecosystem. 14 new vehicles have now been confirmed, details of the first 9 are known, 5 more are currently still in the pipeline.
If Evergrande adheres to the self-imposed timetable, which has been the case so far, production of Hengchi 1 will start in a few months. It seems that Evergrande Auto is on the right course after a brief interim low. The Chinese billionaires who have already made Evergrande the second largest real estate giant in the country have gathered behind the billion-dollar bet on the premium segment.
Daniel Kirchert on Evergrande?
The serious claim is underpinned by the rumor that Dr. Daniel Kirchert (Dai Lei) wants to get on board at Evergrande Auto. The former Infiniti and BMW manager was co-founder of Byton, a highly acclaimed electric car start-up.
For Evergrande Auto, he might be the first manager with auto expertise to head the company. Another building block for fulfilling the bet on the premium segment.