Chinese electric car maker BAIC EV has established a new R&D center in Detroit, Michigan, which will help the company evaluate overseas market demand, obtain core EV technology, build on brand influence, and eventually provide support for their international layout.
This new R&D center, the second for the company in the United States, followed a successful debut of BAIC EV’s i-link™ Intelligent & Connected System (U.S. version), the first Chinese system to apply 4G technology to the interaction between telematics and a cloud platform.
The i-link™ is the first system in China equipped with voice identification technology, an information recreational system, and a unified ultra-large information board in the cabin. It is also tailored for digitalized green driving information system, wireless charging equipment for mobile phones, and enables drivers to access services like remote inquiry, examination, control and early warning systems. To revolutionize telematics, which is limited to primary integration with the internet, BAIC EV has made a major breakthrough in triggering the interaction among various sensing technologies and internet resources to provide a smart solution for users.
The Detroit R&D Center will work closely with the other centers in Silicon Valley and Aachen, Germany, and integrate quality resources in battery, motor, and vehicle development and design, composing a world-leading EV value chain. It will work to develop advanced technologies in motor drives, power electronics and intelligent control, while introducing high-end talents and facilitating the cooperation of automotive R&D in North America.
In addition, the center will introduce advanced technologies and development to China, as well as bring Chinese EV products to the world with the aid of local resources. The establishment of the Detroit R&D Center symbolizes China’s EV industry’s attempt to tap into the international market and become a communication platform for cutting-edge technology. It will also serve as an opportunity for BAIC EV and China’s EV industry to access top technologies and expand their overseas market.