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With its telecoms and consumer electronics businesses prevented from addressing rich overseas markets, Huawei has set itself on the road to a new industry: electric cars. News of the Chinese giant's intention to hit the road emerged in a Wednesday post by battery-maker CATL to Tencent's WhatsApp-like qq.com messaging service …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Coffee/keyboard

    Colourful metaphor

    "have as much junk in the trunk"

    Fnarr!

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    None of the abovementioned current or aspiring automakers have as much junk in the trunk as Huawei, which is regarded with such suspicion that the US is paying local carriers billions to remove its telecoms equipment. Many other nations have barred it from selling its comms wares within their borders.

    Worth observing that that was only on instigation of the US bullying other nations into compliance with their idea to protect US technology providers. There is still, to this date, still no credible evidence to support those claims, even GCHQ (who's supposed to know what they're doing) gave Huawei code a pass, and they were not the only investigating agencies to do so.

    1. Magani

      Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.

      Joseph Heller; Catch 22

    2. Youngone Silver badge

      Many other nations have barred it from selling its comms wares within their borders.

      I live in a 5-Eyes nation and two of our major mobile networks use Huawei kit almost exclusively.

      In fact, if I sign up for a new internet connection any one of the ISP's I deal with will send me a Huawei router.

  3. VoiceOfTruth

    Keep spreading the FUD

    -> Just how the biz thinks it can build a global brand and satisfy regulators that its cars aren't dangerously suspicious remains to be seen.

    Meanwhile American cars become more of a joke each year.

    1. Snake Silver badge

      Re: Keep spreading the FUD

      "Meanwhile American cars become more of a joke each year."

      Even Top Gear liked the Cadillac V series; the new Corvette has been greeted with almost universal acclaim; the Mustangs, while 'only' being a muscle car (no aspirations of handling) they are also well regarded within that realm; etc, etc.

      Some cars are crap, some cars could be good but are held back by the nickel-and-diming of the interior parts by idiotic, no-name accountants...and some are great. You know, just like many other nation's products in a variety of market segments.

      Why, why, why, do you KEEP forwarding nothing more than [some level of] propaganda, on a variety of fronts, but expect to be taken seriously?? Usually I don't say such things, but after reading many of your comments (and the downvotes they usually get), it appears as if you are nothing more than El Reg's resident Troll.

      1. martinusher Silver badge

        Re: Keep spreading the FUD

        A lot of both American cars and subassemblies for American cars are made in China.

        As for all those Corvettes, Caddies and Mustangs, I live in a relatively prosperous part of California where there are a lot of new cars. New specimens of these marques are a bit thin on the ground. The most popular marques seem to be the Japanese luxury brands (plus the usual Mercedes, Audi etc) and Japanese and Korean mass market vehicles. And Teslas. So many Teslas (and now other electric vehicles and hybrids -- if you want to find a common Chevrolet, try a Bolt. 's OK but the BMW is a lot better and competitively priced). The 'merkan manufacturers make their real money from trucks and hulking great SUVs, they've just about abandoned the sedan market.

        1. Snake Silver badge

          Re: Keep spreading the FUD

          I just visited a friend who owns a Buick Verano. What a beautiful little car...which, of course, is why GM discontinued it :p

          I looked up reviewe reviews for it and it got almost universal acclaim, and frankly it deserved it. The interior is high quality and very comfortable, and the ride is stunningly smooth and quiet for a compact car. What a winner they had there, but of course that's too much to ask from the GM beancounters.

          So, yes, America can do great cars (ok, it's an Opel!) when they want to. That is, when car guys make cars and keep the accountants locked up where they belong.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Keep spreading the FUD

        As the A/C of the comment you're replying to I suspect you have a problem with aiming your cursor or choosing what you reply to, and a problem with understanding what an A/C posting does - it may come as a shock to you but the A/C tag may actually represent lots of different people.

        I made an observation about Huawei, not about American cars.

        So go and improve your aim first, and then we can talk. Maybe.

        1. nintendoeats Silver badge

          Re: Keep spreading the FUD

          Maybe you should take a second look at the thread tree friend.

  4. You aint sin me, roit
    Black Helicopters

    Car phones home to Beijing...

    "Sorry, Control, still stuck in traffic on the M25. No spy updates at present."

    Meanwhile, driver in the adjacent car, phone held up to his face... "Oh no, that's one of those SUSPICIOUS Huawei cars... I'll ring you back later."

    Helicopters, because you'll never be alone in a Huawei car!

  5. ChrisC Silver badge

    And if they do get some cars onto the market, which are then banned in certain juristictions over woowoo fears over security or other such nonsense, would their owners then have to choose betwen Huawei or the Highway?

  6. Drew Scriver

    I do not know if and to what extent Chinese companies would be able to control their components remotely or whether is has been configured to transfer information.

    However, it would be a perfect ploy to build that in so it can be used to keep the USA (and other western nations) from interfering with the annexation of Taiwan.

    "Recall your Navy or we'll cripple your countries by disabling cars, utility services, telecommunications, medical appliances, and so forth."

    Of course, they could already achieve a popular revolt simply by robbing the people of "their" TikTok-access, but that's for another topic.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      No sane country, and I mean absolutely none, would let itself reach that point.

      Might only work on third-world countries that can't resist offers of cheap tat.

  7. IGotOut Silver badge
    Stop

    Here is one thing to note when reporting.

    The "West" is not the world.

    Much of Africa, Asia and South America don't give two craps about the US's views on China, in fact many will go to China BECAUSE it's NOT the USA or former colonial countries.

    So add in the huge domestic market, that us one massive potential user base.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Here is one thing to note when reporting.

      As if China is a saviour of some sort? China froths at the mouth at an opportunity to pull off some good old economic colonialism. As a commenter pointed out above, it'll end up costing them on the long run if they choose to stray out of the China herd.

      1. Youngone Silver badge

        Re: Here is one thing to note when reporting.

        I imagine the Latin Americans look at China as a business partner and note that the Chinese have never overthrown a democratically elected government.

        Not in Latin America anyway.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    EVs will save the planet, and other myths

    Coal powered electricity + an EV won’t do diddly squat for the environment.

    Mung-bean powered bicycles on the other hand….

    1. very angry man

      Re: EVs will save the planet, and other myths

      have you seen how much gas those mung bean power supplies produce! and they ( the mung bean power supplies) complaine about cows?

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