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Taiwan’s Foxconn to manufacture electric vehicles in Europe, India, South America by 2024

Foxconn chairman sees global market for EVs reaching 20 million units in 2025

Foxconn Chairman Young Liu with the Foxtron Model E electric car. 

Foxconn Chairman Young Liu with the Foxtron Model E electric car.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Foxconn Technology Group will start manufacturing its electric vehicles (EV) in Europe, India, and South America by the end of 2024, company Chairman Young Liu (劉揚偉) said Wednesday (Oct. 20).

On Monday (Oct. 18), Foxconn unveiled three EVs, the Model C SUV, the Model E sedan, and the Model T bus, to be produced by its Foxtron joint venture with the Yulon Group.

Liu told a business association Wednesday that in 2025, the global market for EVs would reach 20 million units, amounting to a total value of US$600 billion (NT$16.7 trillion) if the value per car was calculated at US$30,000, CNA reported. At present, the market for EVs was still limited at 5 million cars compared to 100 million cars powered by fossil fuels, Liu said, estimating the situation would drastically change in 2024.

The Foxconn chairman said he believed in a “Build, Operate, and Localize” (BOL) formula, mentioning the company’s agreements with Geely in China and with state oil company PTT in Thailand, as well as the purchase of the Lordstown electric truck factory in Ohio. Liu alluded to “indirect cooperation” with a German carmaker to start even earlier in Europe, with India and South America as the logical next steps.