|David Curry |||Dec 04, 2014 07:18 AM EST|
(Photo : Reuters) Xiaomi has made no secret of an interest in electric cars and VP Li Wanqiang is reportedly in Silicon Valley to check out Tesla Motors.
Xiaomi is reportedly interested in making an electric car, despite actively denying involvement in cars over the past six months.
CEO Lei Jun has declared Xiaomi's active interest in electric cars behind the scenes according to several outlets and the leader loves Tesla Motors, the U.S. based electric car manufacturer.
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Xiaomi VP Li Wanqiang is visiting Silicon Valley - the base of operations of Tesla Motors - and may be trying to hash out a deal. Tesla already has an active presence in China, but Xiaomi may be looking for a partnership of some kind.
A partnership with Xiaomi could be huge for Tesla in China. Xiaomi has a strong presence with the young audience in China and could potentially sell millions of electric cars.
Tesla has not created a hardware partnership yet, but Xiaomi would be the perfect partner. It offers software and hardware experience and has various factories in the country, which could become potential homes for Tesla car manufacturing.
Currently, China does not have a car manufacturer in the top ten worldwide, despite manufacturing the most cars. Xiaomi could be the first large-scale car manufacturer and may be able to open some deals, due to being based in the country.
The electric car may be a modded version of the Tesla Model S or a new car. Tesla is currently working on two new models for 2015 and 2016 release.
It is unclear exactly what Xiaomi plans to do, whether they want to go alone in the car manufacturing world or work with Tesla Motors in some fashion.
What is clear is Xiaomi's interest in electric cars, even if the company denies it to the public. The company's leader Lei Jun has interests in many markets and electric cars are definitely one of them.
Xiaomi is also working on a smart home platform, which could integrate with the electric car in some way.
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