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XPeng continues global dealer expansion in 5 new markets

XPeng continues global dealer expansion in 5 new markets

Chinese EV automaker XPeng Motors continues expanding its global partnerships list, announcing today five dealer networks in separate new markets to help sell its vehicles. In addition to recent plans to enter markets in Israel, XPeng will also sell EVs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Lebanon, and more markets in Europe this year. 2024 has the makings to be a tremendous year for XPeng Motors ($XPEV). Already a significant player in China’s EV market, the automaker has set its sights on global expansion in recent years to become a leading name in the worldwide segment. That expansion began in Europe, starting in Norway in 2021. The automaker now has an EU presence in Denmark, The Netherlands, and Sweden, with more markets to come (more on that below). Earlier this week, XPeng founder and CEO He Xiaopeng announced plans for the automaker to develop and deliver approximately 30 new and refreshed EV models over the next three years while it continues to expand its reach to new customers worldwide. With production and operations still headquartered …

XPeng CEO plans to launch 30-ish new, refreshed EVs by 2027

XPeng CEO plans to launch 30-ish new, refreshed EVs by 2027

China is returning to work following a break to celebrate the 2024 Lunar New Year, and XPeng Motors looks to hit the ground running with massive expansion plans. According to an internal letter, XPeng Chairman CEO He Xiaopeng detailed plans to deliver about 30 new and updated EV models over the next three years, bridging the price gap between $14,000 and $56,000 vehicles in China. XPeng Motors ($XPEV) is a Chinese EV brand celebrating ten years in this business in 2024. In that relatively short time, the automaker has climbed the ranks as one of the top EV developers in China, competing against NIO and current market leader, BYD. Like its competitors, XPeng has expanded to new markets in Europe over the past few years while simultaneously bolstering its EV lineup in China with new models like the G9 and, most recently, the X9 multi-purpose vehicle. While XPeng’s advanced air mobility (AAM) AeroHT works to deliver genuine flying cars to the masses, its parent company remains focused on delivering more and more new EVs in …

XPeng reportedly may ditch LiDAR for pure vision in new EV

XPeng reportedly may ditch LiDAR for pure vision in new EV

A Chinese auto blogger on Weibo has posted spy images of what could very well be our first public look at XPeng’s new EV sedan, codenamed “F57,” and rumored to officially debut as the P8…. or P9. Camo’d images show a slim but roomy sedan with a unique rear that reportedly has LiDAR but perhaps won’t for now. Check it out below. XPeng Motors is a prominent Chinese EV automaker that like many, continues to expand to new markets worldwide, particularly in Europe. The automaker currently offers five all-electric models, including the Tesla Model Y competitor, G6, and most recently, a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) called the X9. In recent years, XPeng’s pipeline has been focused on larger EVs, meaning we haven’t seen an entry in its “P” line of vehicles since the P5 in 2021, which saw hurdles in its attempt to enter new markets in the EU. It is joined by the P7 sedan – XPeng’s flagship model that arrived in 2019 and saw a refresh last year. Per recent spy images captured in …

China’s Xpeng is bringing its Tesla FSD equivalent to overseas owners

China’s Xpeng is bringing its Tesla FSD equivalent to overseas owners

Xpeng, Tesla’s challenger from China, has its eye on the international market and plans to use its smart driving software as a selling point. The Guangzhou-based electric vehicle upstart said at an event this week that it will start developing its highway-specific Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) for global users in 2024, while the international version of its next-generation, all-purpose XNGP feature will commence development in 2025. “We look forward to enabling overseas users to access Xpeng’s autonomous driving that is already available in China,” Xiaopeng He, the firm’s founder and CEO, said at the event. NGP and its souped-up version XNGP are the equivalent of Tesla’s semi-autonomous driving system Full-Self Driving (FSD). Specifically, XNGP is the catch-all marketing moniker for all of Xpeng’s advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features, including highway and urban driving as well as self-parking. While initially using high-definition maps to navigate, XNGP recently removed such pre-computed information so Xpeng vehicles can drive anywhere, relying on sensors like lidars and radars that detect real-time road conditions. Founded in 2014, Xpeng first ventured …

CES 2024: You have to see this flying car from Xpeng AeroHT

CES 2024: You have to see this flying car from Xpeng AeroHT

CES 2024 attendees this week couldn’t help but notice a spectacular flying car concept screaming for attention on the convention floor: the Xpeng AeroHT eVTOL Flying Car. Is this mean machine created by Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co., Ltd. (also known as Xpeng) about to whiz around the skies of American cities? That’s not at all clear, but it was there, and boy was it cool.  Xpeng’s secret weapon for commanding attention seems to have been a sort of attainable narrative about how this thing could fit into the life of an actual (probably very rich) human being. Let’s not abuse the term “practical” here, but it makes more sense than your average flying car concept or personal eVTOL. With the propeller arms folded in, someone can drive it around in the normal manner, or at least as “normal” as driving a Lamborghini-style supercar EV gets. And when the driver hits traffic, they can open up the flying apparatus and take to the skies — local aviation regulations permitting.  SEE ALSO: Turning a retro 1961 …

Xpeng starts removing HD maps from Tesla FSD-like feature in China

Xpeng starts removing HD maps from Tesla FSD-like feature in China

Xpeng is often called the Chinese challenger to Tesla for its efforts to bring advanced driving capabilities to its electric vehicles. It’s now getting a step closer to its American counterpart as it gets rid of high-definition mapping in its XNGP assisted driving feature, its equivalent to Tesla FSD. Tesla FSD famously does not rely on HD maps, which contain many details such as lane lines, curbs, traffic signs and more. The use of this pre-computed information, combined with sensors like radars and cameras, can help autonomous driving cars to understand the road better and thus drive more safely. Tesla not only opted out of HD maps but also made the controversial move to also eliminate lidars, the powerful light detection and ranging method that’s a staple sensing technology in the development of self-driving cars. Xpeng still uses lidars, but it’s taken on a technical challenge by rolling out map-free XNGP in 20 Chinese cities soon, the company announced at its tech day on Wednesday. Being map-free means Xpeng’s urban assisted driving feature can drive …

Volkswagen’s Xpeng deal sets example for EV alliance between the West and China

Volkswagen’s Xpeng deal sets example for EV alliance between the West and China

The major news from China’s auto industry this week is Volkswagen’s $700 million investment in the country’s electric vehicle startup, Xpeng. This partnership has the potential to set a precedent for Western automakers seeking to leverage Chinese firms for their EV expertise, while their Chinese counterparts can benefit from their foreign allies’ global distribution. The agreement involves the production of two new battery-powered models under the Volkswagen brand utilizing some of Xpeng’s key technologies. These include Xpeng’s vehicle-to-anything (V2X) and XNGP solutions, its ADAS system comparable to Tesla’s FSD system, as well as its battery chassis architecture. Although Xpeng’s sales lag well behind those of Tesla and local EV giant BYD, it has earned a reputation for its focus on advanced technologies. The Guangzhou-based automaker has sought to differentiate itself in the heated EV race by investing heavily in its own proprietary autonomous vehicle technology, while its competitors often choose to partner with AV startups. By acquiring a 5% stake in Xpeng, Volkswagen gains access not only to its AV expertise but also its battery …

Volkswagen takes stake in Xpeng as part of Chinese EV deal

Volkswagen takes stake in Xpeng as part of Chinese EV deal

VW Group announced Wednesday a pair of deals with Chinese automakers aimed at shoring up sales in China. The German automaker said it will invest $700 million into Chinese automaker Xpeng as part of a deal to jointly develop and produce two mid-sized EVs for China. Volkswagen will acquire a 4.99% stake in Xpeng, under the agreement. The new battery-electric vehicles will be produced at VW’s new development, innovation and procurement center in Hefei and sold in China under the Volkswagen brand. Earlier this year, VW Group announced plans to invest 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) into the facility, called 100%TechCo., in an attempt to respond to China’s fast-changing consumer needs. The EVs will have DNA from each automaker. The vehicles will be based off of Xpeng’s flagship G9 SUV. The connectivity and advanced driver assistance system software, which is often compared to Tesla’s FSD system, will also come from Xpeng. The models are expected to start production in 2026, according to Xpeng. In a separate agreement, which was also announced Wednesday, VW brand Audi …

XPeng unveils new EV platform designed to cut production costs

XPeng unveils new EV platform designed to cut production costs

Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng unveiled Sunday its new platform architecture for making vehicles that will set the foundation for future production models and reduce the cost of development and manufacturing. The Smart Electric Platform Architecture (SEPA) 2.0 is expected to shorten the R&D cycle for future models by 20%, as well as cut costs on adaptations for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and smart infotainment systems by 70% and 85%, respectively. The modular, interchangeable vehicle platform will support a range of vehicle types, like XPeng’s upcoming G6 coupe SUV, which debuts Tuesday at Auto Shanghai 2023, Brian Gu, Xpeng’s president, told reporters Sunday. The G6 will be the first vehicle built on the SEPA 2.0 platform. Gu said about 80% of architectural components in each upcoming model will be compatible with future models, which will help XPeng add to its lineup without incurring too many costs. The cost-focused event comes as XPeng’s rivals have sparked price wars in China. Tesla triggered a price war in October when the automaker cut prices on models produced at …

China’s EV upstart Xpeng ready to take off with flying permit

China’s EV upstart Xpeng ready to take off with flying permit

Xpeng, a Chinese electric vehicle upstart, is gearing up to launch its eVTOL into the air as it secures a key regulatory greenlight. Aeroht, owned by Xpeng and Xpeng founder He Xiaopeng, just obtained a special flight permit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the country’s counterpart to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. The authorization grants permission to Aeroht’s X2 electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft to fly with a pilot under spcial conditions. With the permit, Aeroht says it will launch a series of manned flying tests to accumulate data for future mass production. X2, which Aeroht describes as a “flying car”, is a two-seat, carbon fiber quadcopter that sports no wheels — though the firm’s next generation aircraft appears to be a sedan with wings, according to concept photos on its website. For now, X2 is designed to for “future low-altitude city flights and is perfect for short-distance city journeys such as sightseeing and medical transportation,” says its product information. It can be operated mannually or in an autonomous mode that automates …