Apple supplier, Foxconn, and Saudi Arabia partner to build electric vehicles (EVs)

Hon Hai Technology Group (HHTG), which is known internationally as Foxconn, have announced it will enter into a joint venture with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund to build electric vehicles (EVs)

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced today the launch of Ceer, the first Saudi electric vehicle brand that will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s automotive manufacturing sector. 

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This partnership shows that the electric car has come of age as the world’s leading oil producer starts its first electric vehicle brand. It also shows that country is moving forwards with its aim to reduce its climatic impact and its Vision 2030 strategy. 

The launch comes in line with PIF’s strategy to focus on unlocking the capabilities of promising sectors locally that can help drive the diversification of the economy, to help achieve the objectives of Vision 2030. 

In addition, the company will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s efforts towards carbon emissions reduction and driving sustainability to address the impact of climate change.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “Saudi Arabia is not just building a new automotive brand, we are igniting a new industry and an ecosystem that attracts international and local investments.

“It creates job opportunities for local talent, enables the private sector, and contributes to increasing Saudi Arabia’s GDP over the next decade, as part of PIF’s strategy to drive the economic growth in line with Vision 2030.” 

Ceer is the first Saudi automotive brand to produce electric vehicles in Saudi Arabia and will design, manufacture and sell a range of vehicles for consumers in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region. This includes saloons and electric sports utility vehicles (SUVs). 

Part of PIF’s strategy is to diversify Saudi Arabia’s GDP growth by investing in promising growth industries. Ceer will attract over $150 million of foreign direct investment and create up to 30,000 direct and indirect jobs. Ceer is projected to directly contribute $8 billion to Saudi Arabia’s GDP by 2034. 

The joint venture between PIF and Foxconn, who are best known for producing the Apple iPhone, will license component technology fromBMW for use in the vehicle development process. 

Foxconn will develop the electrical architecture of the vehicles, resulting in a portfolio of products that will lead in the areas of infotainment, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies. 

Each vehicle will be designed and manufactured in Saudi Arabia. Plus, tested to the highest global automotive quality control and safety standards. Ceer vehicles are scheduled to be available in 2025. 

Young Liu, Chairman of Hon Hai Technology Group, said: “Foxconn is excited about our partnership with PIF to create a new automotive company that will focus on designing and manufacturing electric vehicles in and for Saudi Arabia. 

“We will leverage Foxconn’s technological expertise to support Ceer’s vision of creating a range of iconic electric vehicles that are built around the themes of connectivity, infotainment and autonomy. 

“We want to make electric vehicles mainstream, and that is what Ceer is going to achieve in Saudi Arabia and the wider region.”

Recently, Foxconn announced two new self-developed concept prototype electric vehicles at its third annual Hon Hai Tech Day (HHTD). These electric cars, which will join the brand’s MODEL C, include the MODEL B, a hatchback electric crossover, and the MODEL V, an all-terrain electric pickup.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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