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Chinese Startup Unveils 'Car of Future' at CES 2018

08 January 2018

After a few month of teasing and confirming that it will launch in the USA in 2020, Byton, the global brand of China-based EV startup Future Mobility Corp, unveiled its first electric vehicle, which it refers to as "an electric intelligent SUV".

While other concept electric cars have been promoted at prices of $100,000 or more, the new Byton will face competition from the Tesla Model 3 and offerings from major automakers.

The base version of the vehicle, which starts at about $45,000, will have a 71-kilowatt-hour battery pack that can travel 250 miles on a single charge.

Byton, which recently opened an office in Silicon Valley, plans to sell its first vehicle in China in 2019, and later begin sales in the U.S. The company's first vehicle will be modeled after the CES concept, which the company said contains 85 percent of the same design and parts as the production vehicle. The car's interface can be used with touch, voice or gesture control, and door and interior mirrors are replaced with monitors.

Byton will offer two power options: 200kW (400NM torque) single motor rear-wheel drive model and 350kW (710NM torque) dual motors four-wheel model. This base model will be able to charge its battery 80% in 30 minutes.

We've heard an bad lot about start-ups attempting to "disrupt" the tech ecosystem with new innovations, but few sectors are experiencing as much disruption as the auto industry where dozens of start-ups are now launching to create a vehicle for the future. No matter which BYTON the driver sits in, his or her profile can be downloaded from the cloud to the vehicle, making the customer feel as if every BYTON is his/her own auto. Instead, the vehicle will take care of all of their needs with a simply hand gesture or voice command. There's an eight-inch tablet in the steering wheel and a 49 by 9.8 inch Shared Experience Display allowing for navigation, communication with others, or entertainment.

Chinese Startup Unveils 'Car of Future' at CES 2018
Chinese Startup Unveils 'Car of Future' at CES 2018

The large screen that will feature in the Byton.

BYTON Concept is created to make technology benefit life, providing enjoyable time for people on the move. Built-in hardware synchronizes with user's other devices, enabling BYTON to track the user's health status, including weight, heart rate, blood pressure; and synchronize user's data to give fitness advice.

I think Byton might be a company to watch in the next few years.

The company is part of a growing trend of Chinese electric vehicle startups launching new EVs in China but who also have worldwide ambitions. Time will tell if the company will be able to bring their futuristic concept to production. In addition to the first SUV model launched in 2019, Byton will produce its sedan and multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) on the same platform. "The result is the world's first Smart Intuitive Vehicle, or SIV", said Dr Carsten Breitfeld, CEO and Co-Founder, BYTON.

BYTON's SUV will be launched in China in 2019, and in the US and Europe in 2020.

A sedan will follow in 2021 and 2022.

Chinese Startup Unveils 'Car of Future' at CES 2018