Chinese EV’s look to take on Tesla on home turf


The 2019 Shanghai auto show gave local Chinese electric vehicle brands the chance to showcase their best, and at least two models appear to have the right stuff to compete alongside market-leaders like Tesla.

Although the EV marque will be upping its offerings to the Chinese market, and building vehicles there, brands like Nio and XPeng are looking fit to shake things up.

Nio, which has been subject to mixed attention of late, presented it’s ET Preview – an all-electric model based on Nio’s first saloon to go on sale in 2021. Insiders say the model is 80% series-ready, and demonstrates the company’s nickel-cobalt-manganese battery pack and 220kW electric motor powertrain.

The company claims the new EV will have a cruising range of up to 500 miles.

The marque’s ES8, and ES6 SUV, due for release in May have been dogged by production problems.

The sad part? It’ll only be made available in China.

Local competitor XPeng also presented the new XPeng P7, a coupe-like electric limousine to be on sale in the second quarter of 2020. Featuring a twin-engine, four-wheel drive, and a four-second sprint to 60mph, range is boasted to be in excess of 600 kilometres. Whilst technical data is sparse, the battery is expected to stay close to its G3 predecessor at 47kWh.

According to the company, over 3,387 orders were placed within 9 hours of the luxury-EV’s launch, and the company is confident it can beat Tesla on home turf.

Are you interested in the road to EV’s in Asia? You’ll want to be at Asian Utility Week.

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