XPeng

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Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co Ltd
IndustryAutomotive
Founded2014; 5 years ago (2014)
FounderHe Xiaopeng
Xia Heng
He Tao
Yang Chunlei[1]
HeadquartersGuangzhou, China
Key people
He Xiaopeng (chairman)
Brian Gu Hongdi (vice chairman)
Number of employees
3000+ approx. (2018)
Websitewww.xiaopeng.com
XPeng
Traditional Chinese小鵬汽車
Simplified Chinese小鹏汽车

XPeng or Xiaopeng Motors (Chinese: 小鹏汽车), also known as XMotors.ai, is a Chinese automobile manufacturer headquartered in Guangzhou, with offices in Mountain View, California in the US. Notable angel investors include Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi.

History[edit]

The electric car company launched in 2014 by former UC Browser founder He Xiaopeng, along with Xia Heng and two of his friends. The company was funded by companies such as Alibaba, Foxconn and IDG Capital in 2018, which sees Alibaba's vice president Joseph Tsai entered the corporate board of XPeng.[2][3]

XPeng premiered its first model, G3 SUV, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, becoming available for purchase in that spring.[4][5] Its second model, the P7 coupé, was revealed during the 2019 Auto Shanghai show, with a delivery date of mid-2020.[6]

In May 2019, XPeng launches its own peer-to-peer ridesharing service, which serves Guangzhou with its own models.[7]

Models[edit]

Controversies[edit]

Between 2018 and 2019, employees of XPeng were accused of stealing trade secrets of self-driving technologies from Apple and Tesla.[8][9]

In March 2019, Tesla accused an Xpeng employee for intellectual property theft of its Autopilot source code. Cao Guangzhi, a former Tesla employee, is alleged to have stolen Tesla's Autopilot source code before leaving Tesla to join Xpeng Motors in January.[10] Cao admits uploading Tesla's source code to his iCloud account, but denies claims of property theft.[11]

In response to these accusations, XPeng has tried to distance itself by affirming to do an internal investigation on the alleged theft.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nan, Hua (24 December 2018). "This EV maker caters to young consumers by making driving easier and more fun". CompassList. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ Lin, Liza (28 January 2018). "Alibaba, Foxconn Invest in Chinese Electric-Vehicle Maker". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Alibaba, Foxconn lead $350 million funding in electric car startup". Reuters. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Xpeng Motors premieres its EV-G3 at 2018 International with 4 prominent attributes to Usher in A new Era of Autonomous Driving Experience" (Press release). Xpeng Motors. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2019 – via PR Newswire.
  5. ^ Vijayenthiran, Viknesh (11 January 2018). "Chinese electric car startup Xpeng shows G3 SUV at 2018 CES". Motor Authority. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ Xie, Yu (16 April 2019). "Chinese electric vehicle maker Xpeng unveils P7 four-door coupe at Auto Shanghai 2019, months after SUV roll out". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ Liao, Rita (16 May 2019). "China's Tesla wannabe Xpeng starts ride-hailing service". TechCrunch. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  8. ^ O'Kane, Sean (24 March 2019). "Chinese EV startup XPeng is at the center of major trade secret disputes with Apple and Tesla". The Verge. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  9. ^ Pham, Sherisse (22 March 2019). "Tesla is accusing a former employee of stealing self-driving tech and giving it to a Chinese rival". CNN. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  10. ^ Lambert, Fred (21 March 2019). "Tesla says Chinese startup Xpeng stole Autopilot source code through former employee". Electrek. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ a b O'Kane, Sean (10 July 2019). "Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud". The Verge. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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