Human Horizons HiPhi 1 Is China’s Latest EV And Boy Does It Look Familiar

Electric vehicle startups are dime a dozen and one of the latest is Human Horizons which unveiled their first production-ready prototype in China earlier today.

Dubbed the HiPhi 1, the model is billed as a “premium supercar-inspired electric SUV” which “realizes the true meaning of smart vehicles.”

Looking like a rehash of the Faraday Future FF91, the HiPhi 1 has an aerodynamic front fascia with “light processing headlights” and an “intelligent signal display.” Moving further back, the model has a rakish windscreen, a sloping roof and vertical fins above the rear wheels.

The model has also been equipped with digital side mirrors and exclusive “NT” rear doors. The latter are a mix between suicide doors and gullwing doors. As a result, the main door opens backwards while part of the roof flips upwards.

Once inside, drivers will find a stylish cabin that is packed with digital displays. They include a digital instrument cluster, a massive infotainment system and a large display for the front seat passenger.

Human Horizons didn’t go into specifics, but said the HiPhi 1 offers seating for six and promises to deliver “unrivaled levels of comfort.” The latter remains to be seen, but the cabin appears to have perforated leather seats, gloss black trim and metallic accents.

The HiPhi 1 is loaded with technology and the company says the vehicle has more than 500 sensors. The model also has a Level 3 semi-autonomous driving system, 5G V2X technology and a neural network that “consists of 4 ‘super brain’ domain controllers and 6 computing platforms connected by 1G Ethernet providing a higher transmission rate[s] than traditional CAN networks.”

The company didn’t mention performance specifications, but Autocar says the HiPhi 1 will be offered with rear- and all-wheel drive. The latter variant will reportedly have two electric motors that each develop 268 hp (200 kW / 272 PS). This should enable the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in approximately 3.9 seconds.

An assortment of battery packs will be available and the largest is slated to have a capacity of 96 kWh. This should give some variants a range of up to 400 miles (644 km) in the New European Driving Cycle.

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  • Paulbe

    The interior is fabulous, and ridiculous at the same time.

  • Knotmyrealname

    You write this article and state that a Chinese company has plagiarised someone else’s designs like it’s a surprise to you or something.

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  • Mr. EP9

    We all know the Faraday Future ain’t happening. Maybe this has a shot.

    • 85ZingoGTR

      Faraday Future to be renamed Faraday Past? Anyways I have high hopes for Rivian.

  • 85ZingoGTR

    I’m curious to find out if Europeans would even bat an eye on a Chinese car. Japanese and Korean cars barely make it in Europe because Europeans just prefer Euro cars. How would it be any different with Chinese cars?

    • Knotmyrealname

      Especially when they are just (badly) rehashed European cars. The Asians (maybe a little bit less so with the Japanese – and I hold out Mazda as an example) always take their lead from Europe. That’s not racist, it’s just fact. So, I dare say they will always be behind in terms of design and innovation. People will buy them because they are cheap, sometimes quirky, sometimes both.

      • 85ZingoGTR

        Chinese cars quirky? From which angle? They copy but don’t do a good job at it.

        • Knotmyrealname

          Ummmm, you got me there, but I was more thinking some Japanese designs like Honda for quirkiness, but yes, I can’t think of any Chinese cars with ‘character’.

    • I wonder if the EU’s 10% import tariff has anything to do with that.

  • klowik

    You need more daring design like this Faraday concept to break into Europe market.

  • sidewaysspin

    China is eating everybody’s dinner.

    • Knotmyrealname

      A technological and financial black hole.

  • Bash
  • Stephen G

    Capitalism at it’s best.

  • Ivko

    Can’t say I like that exterior but at least they are trying something!

  • that actually doesn’t look half bad, then again i like the faraday’s styling that this is based on.

    the rear doors are almost model X level of stupidly complex though…

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  • Alexandro Pietro

    Only Ford will rest between occidental makers,if they found of course…

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