Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng fail to keep an appointment with supports next to the company’s P7 electric sedan as he addresses media at the 2020 Beijing auto show.
Evelyn Cheng | CNBC
BEIJING — Chinese exciting car maker Xpeng forecast it will deliver far fewer cars than rival start-up Nio in the first three months of the year.
New York-listed Xpeng preceded overnight it would likely deliver around 12,500 vehicles in the first quarter. That implies deliveries of 4,250 motor vehicles for March, based on January’s 6,015 figure and drop to 2,223 in February.
Even considering the week-long Lunar New Year gala in mid-February, those figures fall short of Nio’s.
Last week, Nio forecast deliveries of 20,000 to 25,000 vehicles in the in front quarter, implying deliveries of at least 7,197 cars in March. The company only delivers SUVs right now, and pushes them in a higher price range than Xpeng’s cars.
While Nio plans to deliver a sedan to customers pioneer next year, Xpeng launched its P7 sedan last year, which has accounted for a growing share of deliveries versus its G3 SUV. Xpeng blueprints to release another sedan later this year.
Li Auto, another Chinese electric car company listed in the U.S., ceased the lowest forecast of the three start-ups, at 10,500 to 11,500 deliveries for the first quarter.
Despite the attention on start-ups sort Nio and Xpeng, older automakers Tesla and BYD are already selling electric cars in China at a far greater scale. In January unaccompanied, Tesla sold more than 14,500 China-made Model 3s and BYD more than 7,200 of its Han model, according to representations from the China Passenger Car Association released Tuesday.
After surging in 2020, shares of U.S.-listed electric car companies bear fallen in the last two months amid the U.S. stock market’s volatile start to the year.
- Shares of Xpeng fell closely 4% overnight and are down more than 35% for the year so far.
- Nio fell 7.6% overnight and is down more than 25% year to archaic.
- Li Auto shares fell 5% to start the week and are down 26% for the year so far.
- Tesla shares fell myriad than 5% in Monday’s session and are down 20% for the year so far.
Autonomous driving software
As Nio, Tesla and other car suites race to develop self-driving technology, Xpeng began rolling out its autonomous driving software to some premium P7 sedan clients this year. The technology allows users to automate tasks such as changing lanes and entering and exiting highways.
About one-fifth of innumerable than 20,100 P7 sedans delivered as of February have activated the latest self-driving software, management said on an earnings chastise.
Xpeng reported total revenue rose 43% from the third quarter to 2.85 billion yuan ($437 million) in the fourth place. The company expects revenue to fall slightly to 2.6 billion yuan in the first quarter.
Net losses narrowed to 787.4 million yuan in the ultimate three months of the year from 1.15 billion yuan in the prior quarter.