Tesla’s China rival XPeng buys ride-hailing giant Didi’s smart EV assets for $744M

Chinese electric vehicle upstart XPeng is acquiring the smart EV assets of ride-hailing giant Didi for $744 million, marking another significant alliance that the Tesla challenger has struck in recent

Tesla rival Xpeng’s head of autonomous driving quits, rumored to join Nvidia

Xpeng, a prominent Chinese electric vehicle maker and a competitor to Tesla, has announced the resignation of its vice president of autonomous driving, Xinzhou Wu, over personal and family reasons. Wu

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 se

Volkswagen takes 5% 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

XPeng’s G6 SUV aims to be a premium EV for the masses

Chinese electric vehicle maker XPeng debuted its G6 coupe SUV, the fifth car in its lineup, at Auto Shanghai Tuesday. The company is marketing the G6 vehicle as a premium EV but without the premium pr

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

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 green light. AeroHT, owned by XPeng and XPeng founder He Xiaopeng, just obtaine

XPeng to begin autonomous driving public road tests in Guangzhou

XPeng received a permit Monday to begin testing its G9 electric SUV as an autonomous vehicle on public roads in Guangzhou. The company will begin testing a small fleet as soon as possible with a human

China’s XPeng moves closer to launching a robotaxi network

Chinese luxury EV startup XPeng is moving forward on its plans to launch a robotaxi business. The company’s latest G9 SUV became China’s first mass-produced commercial vehicle to pass a go

Chinese EV startup XPeng says its new G9 SUV is ‘last step’ before autonomous vehicles

XPeng launched the G9 Flagship SUV, the fourth production vehicle in its lineup that will set a “new benchmark” for automated driving technology in passenger vehicles, the Chinese electric

How XPeng’s city navigation will stack up against Tesla’s FSD

XPeng, a Chinese smart electric vehicle startup, has launched its anticipated advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) that automates some driving functions in urban environments.

Ex-Apple engineer admits stealing automotive trade secrets

A case concerning Apple’s driving trade secrets which started in 2018 has come to a close. Xiaolang Zhang, a former Apple employee, pleaded guilty on Monday to stealing confidential information

Tesla doesn’t need to hit the panic button over China heat wave disruptions just yet

Some parts of China are suffering from record high temperatures in the past few weeks, prompting local governments to halt industrial power use, including those of battery plants. When news reaches th

Toyota-backed robotaxi unicorn Pony.ai sues ex-employees over trade secrets

Pony.ai, a Chinese autonomous vehicle company valued at $8.5 billion as of late, has sued two former employees over alleged trade secret infringement. The lawsuit is arriving months after Frank (Zhenh

A robot pony maker backed by Chinese EV giant XPeng raises $100M

China’s Tesla challenger XPeng isn’t content with just making electric vehicles. It’s also betting on ridable robot unicorns for kids. XPeng Robotics, a bionic robot maker affiliated

China’s EV darling Nio turns to Hong Kong and Singapore amid US delisting risk

Nio, an electric vehicle upstart from China, is planning to list its shares in Singapore, which will make the city-state the third base where it trades as geopolitical tensions between China and the U

Alibaba-backed Deeproute further slashes L4 driving costs to $3,000

Only four months after Deeproute.ai announced it planned to sell its self-driving solution at an attractive $10,000, the Shenzhen and Fremont-based startup said it has further slashed the cost by appr

China’s EV upstarts are building their own investment powerhouses

The investment game going after automotive startups is getting more competitive in China with not only established venture capital firms joining the fray but also industry veterans. Two mobility-focus

Lightspeed China raises $920M for new funds, adds five partners

Lightspeed China Partners, the China-focused vehicle of Lightspeed Venture Partners, said Tuesday it has closed the largest fundraising rounds in its history. The new injection came under three years

EV upstart XPeng is expanding beyond China

Like Nio, Chinese electric car maker XPeng has kickstarted its international expansion. But unlike its rival, which put on a series of splashy campaigns in Norway, XPeng launched quietly in the Scandi
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