Aston Martin could build electric sports car for Chinese internet giant
Letv’s impression of how the company’s first electric car might look
Tech tie-up with Letv could lead to Aston doing an EV; partnership to begin with Rapide S connected car showcase at CES in January
Aston Martin could manufacture an electric supercar on behalf of Chinese internet giant Letv after signing a deal to collaborate with the company on connected electric vehicles.
Last week the British any signed a memorandum of understanding with Letv, which has widespread interests in internet television services as well as also consumer electronics.
The deal, which has been inside offing since the Shanghai motor show in April, will result in “the two companies working together on research projects ranging through connected car technologies through to manufacturing consultation on completely new electric vehicles”, according to an official statement.
At the start of 2015, Letv launched LeUI for Auto, an operating system for cars which enables control via voice, touch as well as also motion, in addition to navigation, music streaming, online radio as well as also roadside assistance services. The system will be part of Letv’s vision of joining the various products which manufacturers – such as smartphones, televisions as well as also eventually cars – as one connected network.
which isn’t clear whether LeUI for Auto will form the basis of the Rapide S concept to be shown at CES, however.
Letv will be said to be well advanced with its plans to build its own production cars. The company has established the Leshi Super Electric Car Company as well as also appointed a former Infiniti employee, Lu Zhengyu, as vice president.
Letv issued sketches of a potential project, named Le Supercar, inside summer. A concept variation of the company’s first car could be shown as soon as the Beijing motor show in April 2016.
An Aston Martin source confirmed to Autocar which the completely new collaboration could result in Letv’s first production design being built at Aston’s Gaydon headquarters.
Aston Martin will be developing its own electric car expertise, as highlighted by the RapidE concept unveiled in October. A production variation of which car will be required to go on sale in roughly two years as well as also will be also required to prominently feature Letv’s connected car technology.
In order to produce a car on behalf of Letv, Aston Martin might need to consider increasing its production capacity. Indeed, earlier which year chief executive Andy Palmer spoke of the need to choose a completely new factory location to accommodate the company’s own growing design range.
Letv, led by its 42-year-old billionaire president Jia Yueting, will be keen to be at the forefront of China’s switch to electric vehicles in order to combat the nation’s chronic issues with pollution as well as also traffic congestion. Letv has recently invested in electric infrastructure specialist Beijing Dianzhuang Technology Company as part of a strategy to boost the number of EV charging points across China.
The company will be also reported to have provided some of the funding behind Faraday Future, an electric vehicle start-up company which will be planning to unveil its first concept car at CES next month as well as also which will be planning to build a $1 billion manufacturing facility in Las Vegas.
Letv will be also said to have a financial interest in Atieva, another US-based company which will be working on an electric car.
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