Evergrande Auto reveals more and more details about the upcoming electric cars. Little by little you let the curtain fall. One can say that Evergrande does a lot of things right. The market in China is probably the toughest for electric cars in the world. If you want to compete, you have to be very smart.
While in Germany it is sufficient to deliver a car with an electric drive instead of a combustion engine to be considered progressive, the situation in China is more ambitious. Chinese customers have higher expectations, an experience that Volkswagen is currently making the hard way. The Volkswagen ID.4, a simple electric car, is getting off to a weak start in China. 1.213 copies were sold in May, around 200 fewer than in the previous month. Bad numbers for VW standards.
Where the problem is is obvious. Bloomberg analyzed: The ID.4 is not smart enough. The new, all-electric VW has no holographic assistants on board. He cannot park autonomously, does not have a high level of autonomous driving.
Automated valet parking according to SAE Level 4 is a good thing for new releases above a certain price range. Chinese customers could now find out how it works at Evergrande Auto in the “China Economic Weekly”. Initiated via an app, Hengchi 1 drives autonomously into a parking garage on the island of Hainan. The electric car recognizes pedestrians and obstacles and finds a parking space. After parking has been completed, the app reports that the parking process has been successfully completed.
The maneuvering out of a parking space is also fully automatic. When requested via the app, Hengchi 1 sets off autonomously. The electric car recognizes an Audi out of parking space, stops, then maintains the correct distance and arrives at its user. The face scanner recognizes the user and gives access to the interior. The system is based on a combination of ultrasonic radar, millimeter wave radar, a 360 degree camera and high-resolution map material.
High pressure to innovate
The automated parking system used at Evergrande Auto could be from the German partner Continental to be delivered. But Bosch has also developed a similar system in collaboration with Daimler.
Evergrande Auto packs everything that is technically feasible in its products. That's right, because competitors like Xpeng, Li Auto and NIO are setting the pace. The pressure to innovate is high in China, as is the speed with which new technologies are being used in electric cars. China has taken the lead in technology for electric drives. The once leisurely auto industry is changing rapidly with electrification.
If you want to survive in the future, you have to be smart. And fast.