To produce Aito-branded electric cars Huawei is partnering with more legacy automakers.
According to a senior executive from Huawei Technologies, the company is growing its footprint in the auto sector by collaborating with more established manufacturers to create electric vehicles under the Aito brand.
At the China EV 100 forum in Beijing, Huawei’s Smart Car CEO Richard Yu announced a joint development and manufacturing partnership with Chery Automobile, BAIC Motor and Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group.
According to Yu, Huawei plans to manufacture SUVs, sedans, and multipurpose vehicles under the Aito brand which is already a partnership with Seres Group.
The automakers’ production capacity should be fully utilized Yu said.
According to company filings, Seres sold 80,000 Aito cars with Huawei’s HarmonyOS system in 2022, up six times over the previous year.
At a press conference on Friday, Huawei’s Chairman Eric Xu reiterated that the company does not make cars but only assists other automakers.
As a result of the sanctions, Huawei has been unable to purchase key components, as well as use Google’s Android operating system.
Richard Yu claimed on Saturday, that Huawei’s relationships with international automakers have also been impacted by the sanctions since those companies no longer use Huawei’s car connectivity technology.
Meng was detained in Canada for three years over alleged efforts by Huawei-linked companies to sell equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions as a result of tensions with the US.