Huawei’s competitor to Tesla electric cars to start deliveries in China

Consumers view Huawei’s first HarmonyOS car, the Aito M5, at a store in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on January 3, 2022.

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BEIJING — The first electric car with Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system is set to begin deliveries at a ceremony Saturday in Shanghai, according to a social media announcement.

In December, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group CEO Richard Yu spent an hour at a winter product launch event promoting the car, the Aito M5. But the Chinese telecom company has stressed that it will not make cars on its own, but rather work with automakers on self-driving and other technologies.

Seres is the automaker behind the Aito M5. The company is also known as SF Motors and is a subsidiary of Silicon Valley-based automaker Sokon, based in Chongqing, China, according to the parent company’s website.

The midsize SUV costs 249,800 yuan ($39,651), after subsidies, according to Aito’s website. In December, Tesla raised the post-subsidy price of its Model Y in China from 21,088 yuan to 301,840 yuan.

The Aito M5 is similar to Chinese start-up Li Auto’s Li One in that the vehicle comes with a fuel tank to extend range when the battery runs out.

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