Chinese ‘Tesla clone’ EV startup Xpeng starts delivering electric SUVs to Europe
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup Xpeng, which allegedly copied Tesla technology to some degree, has started delivering its electric cars in European markets. Until now, the Chinese EV maker was only selling its electric cars within China, where intellectual property rights are infamously tricky to enforce. But, now it has started delivering its electric cars outside China for the first time.
He Xiaopeng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Chairman of Xpeng, revealed that the first batch of 100 Xpeng G3 electric SUVs has already arrived in the European country of Norway to be delivered to customers.
In Norway, the Xpeng G3 electric SUV is available with a price tag of 358,000 NKr (EUR 33,600).
Commenting on the milestone, Xiaopeng said, “Our launch in Europe comes just as consumers are shifting in increasingly large numbers to more sustainable personal transport, and at a tipping point where governments around the world are stepping up their zero emission efforts.”
Speaking on the topic, Xiaopeng described the delivery of the first batch of 100 Xpeng G3 electric SUVs to Norway as “key milestone.” He stressed that Xpeng was looking forward to become a truly international smart EV brand as well as a significant driver in accelerating EV transition.
It may be noted here that European government, including Norwegian, are pushing ahead with their plans to gradually phase out internal combustion engines (ICEs) and make a shift to environment-friendly EVs to cut carbon emissions to prevent climate change and protect public health.
This week’s customer deliveries in Norway represent a key milestone in Xpeng’s aspirations to become a truly international smart EV brand.
Henry Xia, the founder of Xpeng, has openly admitted that he was influenced by Tesla and by its announcement that it was open-sourcing its patents. It reportedly became the first company to actually take up the Elon Musk-led EV maker by using its patents for free. It may be noted here that the American EV maker did not actually open-sourced its patents in the truest sense of the term. It just promised not to take legal action against the user of its patents in good faith to make EVs.
However, Xpeng allegedly misused Tesla technology to produce its own EVs. The Chinese company built EVs inspired by Tesla to the point that many started calling it a “Tesla clone.” Xpeng engineers allegedly ended up copying even the Autopilot and instrument cluster UI design for its electric SUVs. Now the Chinese EV maker is embroiled in a lawsuit filed by Tesla over the alleged theft of its Autopilot source code.