Youxia Electric Vehicles
The name Youxia means “wondering force” in Chinese, commonly referring to Robin Hood-like knights righting the wrongs on common people. Youxia was also the Chinese name for the 1980’s TV series Knight Rider, about a modern-day Robin Hood, Michael, Knight, and his Pontiac Trans Am named Kitt. The CEO, IT entrepreneur and Knight Rider fan of the controversial Shanghai-based Youxia electric vehicle company, 29-year-old Huang Xiuyuan, apparently had a dream in 2014 that lead to the development of the car. When one looks at the car, you would be forgiven to think that Huang might have watched a Tesla Model S ad before he went to bed that night. Many of the features that made the TV series car Kitt memorable can also be seen in the Youxia, for those of you young enough to remember.
The Youxia is an example where one man’s dream can be an investor’s nightmare. The first prototype, the Youxia One, built on a Hyundai Genesis platform allowed Youxia Motors to raise funds to develop its controversial pre-production concept vehicle. The funds were raised through a crowdfunding campaign but were not used as indicated in the prospectus. The company admitted that some of the funds were used to purchase a Tesla Model S. There are many however that is skeptical if the vehicle will reach production.
The company raised ¥6.22 Billion ($1 billion) in a Series A capital raising round partly funded by the Xinhua Silk Road Fund. Youxia will complete the first phase of its 200,000 unit capacity production facility in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province by the end of 2018 with production expected to start in Q2 2019. Youxia also established R&D centers in Shanghai, Suzhou, and Turin.
Youxia Electric Car Strategy in the news
Week 34 2018 Youxia completes B+ funding round
Youxia, the Chinese EV start-up that rose from the dead announced the completion
of a $350 million B+ funding round fully subscribed by Gezhi Capital,
giving the CEO of Gezhi the position of co-chairman and founder of
Youxia. Youxia made grand claims in 2015 with its KnightRider-like Tesla Model S
clone. The company will now finish its 200,000 unit p.a. assembly plant
based in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province in May 2019. According to Youxia it
already has 11,000 orders for its EV, the Ranger X.
Week 14 2018 Knight Rider swaps KITT for a Tesla Model S
The leader of the clone wars, Shanghai-based Youxia, got a new lease on life this week as the company secured $800 million (¥5 Billion) to develop its clone of the Tesla Model S, the Youxia Ranger X. Youxia which represent Robin Hood-like nights in Chinese culture surely aims to take from the rich and give the poor figuratively speaking as it aims to launch its Tesla Model S lookalike EV at less than half the price of the original. Youxia was founded in 2014 by IT Entrepreneur Huang Xiuyuan, a self-confessed fan of the 80s show Knight Rider, featuring Michael Knight and his autonomous Pontiac Trans Am named KITT. It is no secret that a Tesla Model S was stripped down by Youxia’s 50 engineers when it developed the Youxia Ranger X. Youxia claimed at the time that it will bring the Ranger X to market in 2017 but went silent late in 2016.
Twelve institutions including the SINOEP (China Environmental Protection Industry Corporation), Qianhai Mergers and Acquisition Funds and China Fortune Ocean took part in the Series B placement. Youxia will unveil the new production version of the Ranger X later this year. The Youxia Operating System trademarked as KITT OS will provide either Level 2 or 3 self-driving capabilities. The Youxia facility is said to include a test track for wireless charging and a battery recycling plant.
The pictures below shows a Tesla Model S on the left and a Youxia Ranger X as first introduced in 2016, you decide if Control C was used in the design process.
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