BYTON, the international brand of China-based EV startup Future Mobility Corp, announced that it is debuting its first electric vehicle in the US next week. It also confirmed plans to bring it to the US and Europe in 2020 after China in 2019.
You might remember last year when we reported on a bunch of executives from Tesla, BMW, and Nissan forming a new electric vehicle startup called Future Mobility Corp. The company is based in China and backed by Tencent Holdings, which is now also an important investor in Tesla.
In September, the company unveiled its new brand, BYTON, and started teasing its first vehicle, an all-electric crossover coming with ‘more than 300 miles’of range and biggest screen you’ve ever seen in a car.
Today, BYTON announced it is debuting the vehicle at CES next week and released new teasers for the new EV:
The company also elaborated on its plan to manufacture the vehicle and introduce it to other markets:
“BYTON’s intelligent electric car will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Nanjing, China and available in China in 2019. The car will be available in the U.S. and Europe in 2020. BYTON’s subsequent sedan and multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) will be designed and produced based on the same platform.”
Here are some of the teasers it released at the BYTON launch in September:
BYTON seems to have significant financial backing and a team of veteran automotive executives who have delivered EV products at BMW, Tesla, and Nissan.
I am interested to see what BYTON comes up with. Hopefully, we don’t have another FF or Lucid situation again, which is starting to be the standard for EV startups.
Not much is known about the EV yet aside from its targeted range, a massive 20 cm-tall (8-in) by 1.25-meter (50-in) wide dashboard screen that stretches along the width of the car, and BYTON’s ambition for the vehicle to be highly connected with AI and autonomous features.
We should know all the details on Saturday with the launch at CES.