BEIJING -- BeyonCa, a start-up founded by a group of former Volkswagen executives, plans to take on automakers including Audi and BMW in China from next year with a new premium electric vehicle, the GT Opus 1, which offers features such as health monitoring.
Led by current Renault China CEO Soh Weiming and backed by Renault and Dongfeng Motor, two-year-old BeyonCa plans to unveil its first production car in the first quarter of next year with deliveries from 2024, Soh told Reuters.
The company rolled out the GT Opus 1 concept car on Sunday with features such as sensors that can monitor a driver's blood pressure, alarms to alert doctors employed by BeyonCa of an emergency and an autonomous driving function to help park the car.
Soh, BeyonCa's chairman, said the company was targeting the high-end premium segment, where they would compete with models such as Audi's A8L, BMW's 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz's S-Class.
"We need to confront them," Soh said, referring to the three premium German brands. "With the medicals and all those things we are to deploy, we would have a chance."
BeyonCa will begin production in China but plans to build an overseas plant within five years to serve markets including the Middle East, ASEAN countries and Europe, he said, adding that it aims to sell 100,000 EVs annually with three to five models available by "a few years after 2025."
Soh said that by the time the car was launched, third-generation EV technology would offer faster charging times and longer driving ranges.