The HiPhi 1 is a premium intelligent all-electric super SUV built with forward-looking technology. The electric platform on which it is based greatly reduces the space occupied by the powertrain and gives more cabin space for occupants. Equipped with the world’s first NT door system, it offers users a sense of nobility. The HiPhi 1 is also the first to use programmable interactive projection headlights and ISD display systems to provide its users with intelligent and interactive experiences.
As we all know, “low temperature” is like a nightmare for all-electric vehicles and their owners, especially in the northern region where temperatures are fairly low. The impact of increased wind resistance when driving at high-speeds due to high air density is more significant in winter. Lithium ion batteries may have reduced activity and reduced charge and discharge functions; high-power charging cannot be performed at low temperatures, and kinetic energy recovery system underperforms. Many cars are equipped with battery insulation technology, so that the battery heating systems may function normally at low temperatures; switching-on of the heater function in low-temperature environment might be a cause as well.
Therefore, it is essential for all-electric cars to undergo tests in extremely cold circumstances. Such tests are not only relevant to range, but also to the stability of the entire vehicle’s electrical and electronic system. Data shows that the HiPhi 1 has passed extreme-cold testings, and further intensive tests will be carried out.
Generally, extreme-cold testing sites have several characteristics, such as frigid climate, high altitude, rugged terrain and so on. And all these tests are carried out in high-latitude mountainous locations. Extremely cold conditions bring severe challenges to the vehicle’s body structure, performance, safety, electric system, and especially the reliability of the battery system. Testing engineers need to conduct multiple rigorous tests on the thermal management system, durability, stability of driving in icy conditions, chassis, etc.
Setting aside the tests and focusing on its capabilities, the HiPhi 1 has an exclusive HOA (Human Oriented Architecture) electronic and electrical architecture, which allows it to achieve deep learning and thinking abilities, so as to create more dynamic solutions. In the face of extreme-cold with ice and snow, the thermal management system can defrost and defog the vehicles parked outdoors in advance based on the preset settings, and turn on the air conditioner in the car to obtain a desired temperature. More importantly, it can warm up the battery system in advance to make it operate in the optimal temperature, which contributes to improving the SUV’s winter mileage, and in the meantime ensuring that the HiPhi 1 shows the best performance at the start.
Let’s take a look at the vehicle architecture of the HiPhi 1. With a 2 + 2 + 2 layout for a 6-seat SUV, multiple screens throughout the car, claimed 600 km range, 3.9s acceleration to 100 kph, over 500 sensors, L3 autonomous driving, it basically covers each highlight feature for an all-electric vehicle yearned for by masses. If there is no obvious disparity between the mass-manufactured cars and the previously released prototype, the HiPhi 1 is very likely to be a hit.
In addition, in order to further enhance the battery’s thermal management technology and service life, Human Horizons teamed up with the Bosch Group with the aim of promoting the cloud-based battery management system. The two parties will jointly develop a cloud-based battery and its algorithms exclusively dedicated for the HiPhi 1. This technology can connect electric vehicle batteries to the cloud, extend battery life by approximately 20%, and significantly improve battery reliability.
According to Ding Lei, founder of Human Horizons, in the future, mobility is no longer the most desirable function of a car. The HiPhi 1 is moving towards higher-level intelligence in the configuration of the entire vehicle, and will continue to evolve with the development of technology. Progress in technology has made it possible for cars to “evolve”, and the HiPhi 1 might well-become the world’s first smart car equipped with a truly personalized management system.
In addition to all the smart features mentioned above, security is definitely the top priority for every car product, especially for smart cars. The HiPhi 1 is equipped with five major dual-redundant systems necessary for L3 autonomous driving such as perception redundancy, communication redundancy, braking redundancy, power supply redundancy and steering redundancy, making autonomous driving in L3 and V2X environment safer and more reliable.