Chinese automaker Geely enlists Tencent as third tech partner21. October 2021
Chinese carmaker Geely has signed key partnerships in recent weeks for its projects related to e-mobility and autonomous driving. After internet all-rounder Baidu and Apple supplier Foxconn, it is now also working with technology provider Tencent. Geely aims to develop smart vehicle cockpits and autonomous driving capabilities with its partners. Chinese entrepreneur and Daimler partner Li Shufu is behind Geely’s agreements with companies from the technology sector. The components and parts required for the construction of such cockpits are usually subject to CCC Certification and must undergo product certification before they can be introduced into the Chinese market.
The collaboration is already bearing fruit: Baidu has announced that it will launch a new subsidiary brand together with Geely to develop intelligent electric cars. Baidu had already previously collaborated with BMW on similar projects. According to insider information from Reuters, Baidu will have a majority stake in the new joint venture. Geely is to provide the necessary automotive know-how, as the Chinese carmaker is increasingly focusing on electric vehicles. After acquiring the Swedish car brand Volvo in 2010, Geely developed a new platform for e-cars, which resulted in the Volvo XC40 Recharge and a new sub-brand, Polestar, among others.
In addition, Geely CEO Li Chufu is also a major shareholder in German automaker Daimler. Their cooperation is to be expanded in the future at Li’s insistence: The next generation of the now all-electric Smart will be built by Geely in China. In addition, there will again be a four-seater as well as a new compact electric SUV. Despite all of Geely’s ambitions regarding the expansion of electric mobility, internal combustion engines will continue to be developed and manufactured. In the future, it will also build powertrains for Daimler in its own company, which is operated jointly with Volvo. Geely has also founded the Lynk&Co brand, which offers both combustion engines and electric cars. On the global market, Geely is the largest shareholder in the Malaysian car manufacturer Proton and the traditional British brand Lotus.
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