The Chinese electric vehicle startup LeEco recently held an unveiling event in San Francisco for its LeSEE sedan concept, leading to the divulgence of a couple of new details about the electric car.
While the “unveiling” event didn’t actually play host to the LeSEE electric sedan itself at the start — apparently because it’s being used in the next Transformers movie and was late arriving from filming in London — the billionaire behind the company, Jia Yueting, did speak extensively. (The car was available for viewing later in the evening.)
The co-founder and global vice chairman of the LeEco SEE plan, Lei Ding, also spoke at length and told the audience present at the event that the LeSEE will come standard with a magnetic charging system, rather than with a J1772 charger. Probably in relation to this, the event played host to some QualComm execs. Also notable, Ding stated that a foldaway steering wheel would be standard — as would colored, external lights that would be used signal to pedestrians and to other drivers.
Our sister site Gas 2 provides more on the unveiling event: “In any event, the event moved forward with the introduction of new phones and televisions manufactured by LeEco as well an announcement about a new entertainment production enterprise. Yeuting and others are focused on the dilemma of how to keep people amused once cars start driving themselves. Apparently they plan to make piles of profits by selling us content to watch while we glide along with nothing to do.” Furthermore, as would be expected at this point in time, “LeEco executives said they see the car as part of a shared ownership system.”
Some comments were also apparently made concerning a possible strategic partnership with Faraday Future. Considering that both the companies count the same billionaire, Yueting, as a primary backer, that would make sense. Also notable is that Faraday Future is now constructing a $1 billion manufacturing facility in Nevada, while LeEco is reportedly building a $1.8 billion facility in China.