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Friday 14 December 2018

Tesla-inspired EV startup Xiaopeng launches $33,000 all-electric SUV

Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese electric car startup that started after Tesla opened up its patents, officially launched its first vehicle, a ~$30,000 all-electric SUV.

We published a report last year about how Xiaopeng Motors was building a vehicle heavily inspired by Tesla to the point that some are calling it a “Tesla clone.”

To be fair, we are not talking about a Chinese knockoff situation here.

Henry Xia, who founded the startup in 2014, admitted openly that he was influenced by Tesla and by the automaker’s announcement that they were open-sourcing their patents.

It’s not clear if the company uses any specific patent from Tesla, but we remarked last year that they built a battery pack technology very similar to Tesla’s.

The influence goes beyond the technology and it is also clearly present at the design level.

As we reported last year, The interior of the Xpeng G3, Xiaopeng’s first car, was modeled on Tesla’s Model S and Model X interior.

Read more on electrek.co


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