Shanghai (Gasgoo)- HOZON Auto, the Chinese startup owning the new energy vehicle (NEV) brand NETA, launched a significant global technology brand, dubbed “Haozhi” in Chinese, on Nov. 21, indicating the company has ushered in a new competition era where technology systems are highlighted.
The Haozhi brand has three sub-brands pivoting around intelligent super computing platform, electric drive system, and range extender system, respectively, with a slew of cutting-edge technical products launched at one go.
Haozhi Super Computing
To achieve high-level automobile intelligence, automakers should turn the distributed electrical/electronic architecture (EEA) more centralized. The Haozhi super computing platform rides on a centralized computing architecture which can synergize four zone controllers and an SOA (service-oriented architecture). Compatible with the models built on different vehicle platforms, the new super computing platform is expected for installation into complete vehicles in 2024.
Haozhi central super computing platform; photo credit: NETA
Boasting a computing power of up to 1,000 TOPS, the Haozhi central super computing platform supports the Level 4 autonomous driving capability that integrates both intelligent driving and smart cockpits functions. With an 8-64GB + 1TB internal storage, the new computing platform is able to store countless data including high-definition maps, audio and video entertainment, in-car big data, etc. Thanks to an 18-channel camera access, it allows 8-megapixel cameras to perform panoramic, side, front, and rear views, as well as indoor monitoring.
Moreover, the Haozhi super computing platform will continuously adapt to users’ behaviors and offer customized services by virtue of its deep self-learning ability. Powered by 5G TBOX, it enables device-cloud communications with high bandwidth and low latency, fast OTA upgrades, cloud-based deep learning, and algorithm iteration.
The Haozhi super computing platform will be offered in two forms, of which the 1.0 will be used in the upgraded version of the NETA S, while the 2.0 is to power the models riding on NETA’s next-generation platform.
Haozhi Electric Drive
Under the Haozhi Electric Drive sub-brand, HOZON Auto launched an 800V SiC high-performance electric drive system which is composed of three parts: a SiC electric control unit, an oil cooling flat wire electric motor, and a high-tooth gear reducer. Featuring a highly integrated three-in-one design and an industry-leading fully built-in cooling circulation structure, the system is expected for installation onto complete vehicles next year.
Haozhi 800V SiC high-performance electric drive system; photo credit: NETA
According to the company’s press release, the Haozhi 800V SiC high-performance electric drive system is available for both 400V and 800V platforms, and can offer vehicles a range of 200km with a 5-minute charging session. Its electric motor is able to pump out 250kW and 420 N·m, and work at a maximum rotational speed of 21,000rpm. Based on the system, an electric vehicle (EV) can zip from 0-100km/h in around 3 seconds with the loudness lowered by 5-8 decibels.
HOZON Auto said it has already grasped the capability of the forward in-house R&D of 800V SiC electric drive system. The automaker revealed it will release 135kW-270kW permanent magnet electric drive systems and asynchronous electric drive systems in the future.
Haozhi Range Extender
The Haozhi three-in-one range extender features four technical traits, namely, compact design, lower cost, higher efficiency, and lower loudness. With a size 5-10% smaller than other range extenders of the same level, it can be installed into such coupe models as the NETA S, which place greater demands on the arrangement of the under-the-hood space.
Haozhi range extender; photo credit: NETA
The newly-launched range extender features four powertrain solutions: all-electric, driven by range extender plus battery charging, driven by both range extender and batteries, and the “Safety Guardian”.
Notably, using the “Safety Guardian” mode, the range extender works independently to ensure driving safety when facing severe electricity scarcity, extremely low temperature, malfunction on battery charging and discharging, and other special situations.