The Pininfarina ‘Model E’ is made by the same company that built your iPhone
Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
If you’re into cars, the name Foxconn probably means nothing to you, but if you like technology and smartphones, you may know that Foxconn is a Taiwanese company that has worked with Apple since the late 2000s to manufacture iPods, iPads and iPhones. And now they’re building cars. Duh.
They’ve recently launched three new models, one of which was designed in partnership with Italian designer and coach builder Pininfarina. And that’s probably why it is the best-looking vehicle out of the three.
The three cars are known as Model T, Model C and, this is the Pininfarina one, Model E ‘Foxtron’. I’m not sure why they’ve decided to use this type of nomenclature because there’s another EV brand that already builds “Model XYs” but whatever. I digress.
The Model E Foxtron is a long, slender, and relatively good-looking saloon with a few interesting features, including customisable taillights, which can project specific words on request. Yup. It can actually do that.
When you open the doors, as you’d expect, you’ll find a luxurious and modern cabin with leather upholstery and a million screens. We have to face it, we’ll never get rid of the screens.
Under the bonnet, which is what matters at the end of the day, the Model E has a 750-hp electric powertrain and that, according to Foxconn, is good enough for a 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds and a range of 400 miles.
The company said it’ll be available outside of Taiwan, priced at around $40,000, which sounds good for a car with that much power and a 400-mile range. But would you actually buy one?