Huawei could very soon launch a fast charging solution, a supercharger called ‘Huawei HiCharger’, which would stand up to those of Tesla.
Although Huawei is damaged by the veto of the United States, the firm does not stop working on innovating wherever it can. Many times frontally attacking competitive products, and in this case it goes for one of the greats: Tesla. No, they are not going to launch a car, but a DC fast charging module for charging infrastructures for electric cars.
The solution would be called ‘Huawei HiCharger’, and it would be launched in direct collaboration between Huawei and various Chinese brands, such as State Grid Charge, China Southern Power Grid Electric Vehicle, etc. Recall that Huawei is prohibited from dealing with American companies.
The main component of the charging solution is a DC fast charging module that has high power density and efficiency without much noise, at least on paper.
According to reports, the launch of this Huawei HiCharger would take place on April 24, and its failure rate would be around 0.6%, well below the industrial level that moves this type of solutions, ranging between 3 and 5% . This reliability can save maintenance costs for these types of stations as well as their operators and manufacturers.
Huawei, despite having the veto on its back, is preparing to attack the electric car charging market with this solution, which again, is mainly backed by Chinese companies. In fact, Huawei has not hidden its ambition to be a supplier of important parts for cars that have ICV connections. Plans to launch a hypothetical “Huawei car” are not even on the table.
This is a new step for the vehicle business division, which works with smart driving, connectivity, electrification, cloud services, etc. This is not the first adventure of Huawei within this market; At its Developer Conference held in August 2019, the firm launched a smart car interaction system called HiCar, for users to control their cars through a smartphone.
The big problem is in the United States’ veto. Obviously, Huawei could not deploy this solution in the United States, so it would be limited to China and countries in which it does not have such vetoes. With all these details, we may not see a genuine Huawei supercharger capable of dealing with Tesla in European territory, at least in the medium and short term. But this offensive by Huawei is striking in these moments of weakness.