Apple Inc AAPL supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.-ADR HNHPF, widely known as Foxconn, has announced a high-profile appointment for its newly created open electric vehicle platform.
What Happened: Foxconn has appointed Jack Cheng, co-founder of Chinese EV start-up Nio Inc – ADR NIO, as head of MIH, its open software and hardware platform for developing EVs, local Chinese media outlets reported.
William Wei, the unit's chief technology officer, will assume responsibility for software, the report said.
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Cheng is an auto industry veteran, with over four decades of experience at companies such as Ford Motor Company F and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV FCAU.
Cheng, along with William Li, was responsible for putting in place the core team at Nio in the second half of 2015.
After quitting Nio in 2019, Cheng worked for XPT, which develops core components for Nio.
Foxconn established the MIH platform in October to diversify into EV sector.
Earlier this week, Foxconn announced a 50-50 joint venture with Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd GELYF to provide OEM production and comprehensive, customized consulting services to global automakers.
Why It's Important: The appointment of Cheng suggests Foxconn is contemplating a big push into the EV market.
The company's relationship with Apple in iPhone manufacturing makes it a favored name for a potential partnership with the tech giant, if and when it decides to take the plunge.
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