Human Horizons’ next China-only EV will come with a robotic arm and ‘light curtains’

Chinese electric vehicle maker Human Horizons unveiled its second EV model, dubbed GT HiPhi Z, on Wednesday. This 4-door grand touring sedan is packed with gadgets and intelligent systems, including the world’s only high-speed “vehicle-grade” robotic arm. HH claims “can move back and forth in less than a second and has control accuracy of up to 0.001mm.”

The HiPhi Z features a steel-aluminum hybrid construction, as well as the “world’s first Star Ring ISD wrap-around light curtain,” an array of over 4000 LEDs that “interact with passengers, drivers and the world around it.” In addition, UWB sensors embedded in the doors will enable “automatic detection of people, keys and other vehicles, resulting in intelligently adjusted door opening in terms of speed and angle.”

It is fitted with a 120kWh high-capacity battery pack which the company claims will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and offer a range of over 700km on a full charge. An all-aluminum double wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension provide a smooth and responsive ride. The rear wheels can also rotate, like the Hummer EV, drastically reducing the vehicle’s turning radius to almost that of a much shorter Mini Cooper, the company says.

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If the company’s PR is to be believed, the interior is like stepping into a Jetsons episode. Its “ultra-futuristic, spaceship-like digital setup” revolves around the HiPhi Bot, an onboard AI companion that can customize virtually every aspect of the driving experience. You know how HAL did it. Still, you’ll walk out in style if the HiPhi Bot ever defectes — the racing-bucket seats are upholstered in vegan Ultrasuede, the Meridian sound system has 23 speakers, and occupants can dictate their preferences not only for lighting, touch and more sound, but also the smell of the vehicle.

But as fantastic as this vehicle’s spec may seem, Human Horizons is very keen on actually bringing it to the Chinese market. “The HiPhi Z is a testament to the company’s commitment to technological advancement, sparing no expense to test the limits of creation,” said Ding Lei, CEO and chairman of HiPhi, in Wednesday’s release. “Through rigorous testing and development, the HiPhi Z has maintained more than 95 percent of its previously disclosed production intent.”

The company expects the HiPhi Z to retail for $89,000 to $129,000. Official launch dates will be announced at the Chengdu Auto Show in August.

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