|He Xiaopeng (chairman)|
Brian Gu Hongdi (vice chairman)
Number of employees
|3000+ approx. (2018)|
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.
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.
XPeng premiered its first model, G3 SUV, at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, becoming available for purchase in that spring. Its second model, the P7 coupé, was revealed during the 2019 Auto Shanghai show, with a delivery date of mid-2020.
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. Cao admits uploading Tesla's source code to his iCloud account, but denies claims of property theft.
In response to these accusations, XPeng has tried to distance itself by affirming to do an internal investigation on the alleged theft.
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