According to data from Tianyancha, a website for querying various information about Chinese companies, Xiaomi Auto, has recently unveiled its “Electric Vehicle Charging and Charging Method” patent.
The patent abstract reveals a charging vehicle and method, featuring a battery compartment for housing batteries, a wireless charging device for wirelessly transferring energy from the batteries to the electric vehicle, and an autonomous driving system. The autonomous driving system guides the charging vehicle to a predetermined relative position in relation to the electric vehicle, enabling wireless energy transmission from the batteries to the electric vehicle.
This disclosure signifies a significant advancement in the automation of electric vehicle charging while simplifying the overall charging process.
It is worth noting that Xiaomi Auto has amassed over 300 authorized patents, with issued more than 700 patents.
Apart from its strides in automotive patents, Xiaomi’s ambitions extend to the broader automotive industry. Tianyancha’s data reveals that Xiaomi has recently established Jingming Technology in Wuhan and Shenzhen, both encompassing automotive sales and services. Xiaomi holds 100% ownership in both companies, each with a registered capital of 10 million RMB.
As per insider information from September, Xiaomi Auto is in the trial production phase, currently producing approximately 50 test vehicles per week. Xiaomi anticipates receiving the approval from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology by the end of this year, paving the way for full-scale electric vehicle production.
According to Xiaomi’s earlier public plans, the official mass production of Xiaomi vehicles is set for the first half of next year, a timeline that some deem as somewhat delayed. However, at Xiaomi’s Investor Day earlier this year, CEO Lei Jun emphasized that Xiaomi views the auto industry as a century-long endeavor. He expressed confidence in launching Xiaomi vehicles in 2024 and aspired for Xiaomi Auto to rank among the world’s top five automakers within 15-20 years.
Since Lei Jun’s announcement of Xiaomi’s foray into the automotive sector more than two years ago, the electric vehicle market has witnessed significant changes. Evolving government policies regarding new energy vehicles and increased market competition present formidable challenges to new entrants.