Tech giant Huawei Technologies has partnered with Avatr Technology, the cutting-edge smart electric vehicle brand formerly known as Changan NIO, to develop four electric vehicle models by 2025. Avatr also has battery manufacturer CATL on board.
The EV models will be based on CHN, an intelligent platform co-developed by Huawei, Changan and CATL. The brand’s first model, the previously announced Avatr 11, will officially launch on August 8. The Avatr will be equipped with CATL’s well-known cell-to-pack battery technology. The new vehicle will come in two variants — in 555kms and 680kms ranges. The battery voltage is 750 volts, and charging the battery for 200 kilometers can be done in ten minutes.
What Huawei will bring to the table
The new CHN platform is not only intended to refer to ‘China’, but also to the parties involved: C refers to Changan, H to Huawei, and N represents the CATL headquarters in Ningde.
The CHN platform is expected to feature not only high-performance and long-range cars, but also strong computing power, high intelligence and reliable security functions.
The new platform will support cars with wheelbases of up to 3,100 mm and various types of vehicles, such as sedans, SUVs, MPVs and crossover models, and is compatible with two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive transmissions.
CATL will supply the battery power technology, while Avatr will handle production and development. CATL will focus on electrical systems, energy management and charging networks.
Huawei will be responsible for developing the autonomous driving and smart cockpit software systems. It will be responsible for technological development and will not have a shareholding in the automaker.
The Avatr 11 itself will be equipped with Huawei’s smart driving, smart grid, smart electrification and full-lane smart vehicle solutions, as well as its smart vehicle cloud services.
According to Chinese media, the car was designed by a German design team in Munich. The car sports a flowing look with rounded edges in combination with a closed front and a sharp, narrow headlight design. It also comes with LiDAR sensors on the front and sides.