Xiaopeng Motors, the Chinese company, is the first electric car manufacturer to openly appeal to the 2014 Tesla- approved patents. And indeed, the first E-SUV of the Chinese called Xpeng has many similarities with the power of Tesla. When Henry Xia, who previously worked in research and development for Guangzhou, heard of the release of Tesla patents, the engineer recognized his chance and founded the start-up Xiaopeng Motors in 2014. Now the company presents the E-SUV Xpeng in a beta version. Some components are almost identical to those of Tesla. This is especially evident in the dashboard: a 15.6-inch touch screen is mounted vertically in the middle as in Tesla in the S and X models.
However, the battery pack also makes Xiaopeng like Tesla – and uses the 18650 battery cell format and a similar architecture. However, the Chinese do not rely on Panasonic cells, but use those from Samsung. In addition, the Xpeng is much weaker than the Tesla models. While the normal variant accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 7.9 seconds, the all-wheel-drive spurt in 5.8 seconds to 100 km / h. Around 300 kilometers of electrical range should be possible with the current.
Xiaopeng Motors has recently produced the first 15 Stromer and is currently looking to investors to boost its annual production capacity to a staggering 100,000 E-cars.