(Bloomberg) — Foxconn Technology Group will develop an electric vehicle with Fisker Inc., part of the manufacturer’s efforts to boost its automotive capabilities at a time when technology companies including its main customer, Apple Inc., are looking to expand in vehicles.
The car will be built by Foxconn, targeted at multiple markets including North America, Europe, China and India, and sold under the Fisker brand, according to a joint statement from the companies Wednesday. Production is set to start in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Fisker is looking to break new ground with its second planned model. The startup plans to make a vehicle that doesn’t fit into an existing segment, like a sedan or SUV. Its partnership with Foxconn, a Taiwanese smartphone maker which is new to the auto business, is pinned on hopes that the collaboration will bring innovative manufacturing.
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Earlier today, I wrote about a fictional ’80s-era EV on a television show and how it had a remote locking system that featured, comically, a telescoping antenna. Because our commenters are composed of the world’s most elite group of painful car geeks, I was soon informed that even in our boring old reality, there were remote key fobs in the early 1980s, and they required no ridiculous antennae. And the first car to feature such an innovation was one I’d not expected, and this realization affected me so much that I’m writing about it right now.
The car was the 1983 Renault Fuego (starting in late 1982), and the innovation was remote locking.
Yes, that’s right, the often-ridiculed Fuego was the pioneer in something that is expected on pretty much all new cars today: the ability to click a button on a little oblong in your pocket