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Xiaomi Joins Electric Car Race With $10 Billion Investment
Published on: 2021-03-31
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Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has announced plans to launch an electric vehicle business and invest $10 billion over the next 10 years.
 

The company will set up a wholly-owned subsidiary and the initial phase of investment will total 10 billion yuan.
 

Xiaomi Chief Executive Lei Jun will also be the CEO of the car unit.
 

The Chinese technology firm, which is the world's third-largest smartphone maker, is jumping into an incredibly competitive space in China.
 

Not only is Xiaomi competing with established automakers in the country, such a Geely and Warren Buffet-backed BYD, but also upstarts such as Nio and Xpeng Motors.
 

And internet companies are also entering the smart electric vehicle arena. Chinese search giant Baidu launched a standalone electric car company in January and last month hired a CEO for that business.
 

Electric cars have taken off in China thanks to strong policy support from Beijing, including subsidies. Even though some of these measures have been reduced, research firm Canalys forecasts that 1.9 million electric vehicles will be sold in China in 2021, representing year-on-year growth of 51%.
 

小米造车:雷军亲自带队,首期先砸100亿

3月30日,小米集团正式发布公告称:公司董事会正式批准智能电动汽车业务立项。小米集团拟成立一家全资子公司,负责智能电动汽车业务。首期投资为100亿元人民币,预计未来10年投资额100亿美元。集团首席执行官雷军将兼任智能电动汽车业务的首席执行官。
 

已经在新造车市场抢占好山头的谷歌、亚马逊、百度、苹果等科技与互联网巨头们,或将多一个强有力的竞争对手。
 

自此,小米终于继华为之后正式跳入造车圈,不过据目前的信息看,小米造车应该和华为不同,而是与百度的路数颇为接近——自己造车的可能性更大。因为小米集团在公告中写道:“小米希望用高品质的智能电动汽车,让全球用户享受无所不在的智能生活。”这句话似乎表明小米的智能电动汽车未来一定会和小米的智能家居构成联动。
 

公告发布后,小米集团董事长雷军紧接着发了一条微博称:“关于造车,今晚发布会上我会跟大家说说我们的想法。”相信今晚会有更多消息公布。
 

之前曾有消息称“小米汽车”定位中高级车,由小米老将王川担任造车计划的负责人。但如今看来,雷军明显更想亲自下场掺一脚,毕竟2013年他拜访马斯克之后就生出了惺惺相惜之感,此后更是以自己或公司名义,投资了40 家左右有关造车、汽车后市场以及出行的企业。
 

此前已有不少主流VC表示,一旦小米确认造车,愿意以100亿美金的估值跟进;而且小米已经明确将开一家独立新公司专门造车,不必受限于目前小米的业绩。

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