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China's XPeng Officially launches the More Affordable P5 Fastback, the World's First Production Vehicle Equipped with Lidar

China's XPeng Officially launches the More Affordable P5 Fastback, the World's First Production Vehicle Equipped with Lidar

Chinese electric vehicle startup XPeng unveiled its latest vehicle on Wednesday, the P5 fastback. The fully electric P5 will compete with models like the Tesla Model 3 in China, which is the world’s biggest auto market. The P5 is also the world’s first production vehicle equipped with automotive-grade lidar technology for autonomous driving.

Eric Walz2021-09-15 15:45 PT

Volkswagen’s ID.4 Pro SUV Awarded an EPA Estimated Range of 249 Miles, Edging Out the Ford Mustang Mach-E

Volkswagen’s ID.4 Pro SUV Awarded an EPA Estimated Range of 249 Miles, Edging Out the Ford Mustang Mach-E

​The new electric ID.4 Pro SUV from automaker Volkswagen has received its official EPA range figures. After testing, the 2021 all-wheel-drive (AWD) ID.4 Pro was awarded an EPA-estimated range figure of 249 miles. The more sporty version of the ID.4, the AWD Pro S, comes in slightly less at 240 miles.

FutureCar Staff 2021-09-14 14:15 PT

German Vehicle Tuner Manhart Performance Reveals the 543 HP Tesla Model 3, its First EV Project

German Vehicle Tuner Manhart Performance Reveals the 543 HP Tesla Model 3, its First EV Project

German vehicle tuner Manhart Performance released a special version of Tesla’s Model 3 Performance. The famed tuner managed to push the limits of the Model 3 Performance even more, while retaining Tesla’s factory-installed dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup. The company calls its Tesla Model 3 modification the “TM3 720.”

Manish Kharinta2021-09-13 08:30 PT

Tesla Challenger XPeng to Officially Launch the P5 Sedan, its 3rd Electric Model, on Sept 15

Tesla Challenger XPeng to Officially Launch the P5 Sedan, its 3rd Electric Model, on Sept 15

Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng will officially launch its third battery-powered model on Sept 15 named the P5. It will be the world’s first production vehicle equipped with lidar technology from the factory to support autonomous driving. The company first unveiled the P5 in April at the annual Auto Shanghai car show. Deliveries to customers will start in October.

FutureCar Staff 2021-09-10 16:00 PT

Ford Motor Co Poaches Former Tesla, Apple Car Exec to Lead its Connected Vehicle & Embedded Systems Development

Ford Motor Co Poaches Former Tesla, Apple Car Exec to Lead its Connected Vehicle & Embedded Systems Development

Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it hired Doug Field as its chief advanced technology and embedded systems officer. Field is joining Ford from iPhone maker Apple Inc., where he most recently served as VP, Special Projects. Before joining Apple, Field was Senior Vice President, Engineering, at electric automaker Tesla.

FutureCar Staff 2021-09-07 15:00 PT

Tesla Challenger XPeng’s August Electric Vehicle Deliveries Jump 172% Year-on-Year

Tesla Challenger XPeng’s August Electric Vehicle Deliveries Jump 172% Year-on-Year

​Chinese electric vehicle startup Xpeng continues to post big sales numbers in China, which is the world’s biggest auto market. The EV startup delivered 7,214 vehicles in August 2021, representing an increase of 172% from a year ago. Xpeng’s growing sales in China have resulted in increased competition for Tesla.

FutureCar Staff 2021-09-02 15:30 PT

Apple's Next iPhone Will Reportedly Be Able to Connect to Satellites, Can Tesla’s Vehicles Do the Same?

Apple's Next iPhone Will Reportedly Be Able to Connect to Satellites, Can Tesla’s Vehicles Do the Same?

​The next-generation iPhone will reportedly feature low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communication connectivity to allow users to make calls or receive and send messages in areas of poor 4G or 5G coverage. While incorporating satellite communications technology might be great for iPhones users, what if Tesla vehicles can do the same? It’s already happening in China.

Eric Walz2021-08-30 13:50 PT

Geely Raises $500 Million in the First Ever Outside Investment Round for its New Premium EV Brand ‘Zeekr’

Geely Raises $500 Million in the First Ever Outside Investment Round for its New Premium EV Brand ‘Zeekr’

Chinese automaker Geely Automobile and its parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. (Geely) raised $500 million in the first-ever external funding round for its new jointly owned premium electric vehicle brand Zeekr. Geely announced it was establishing Zeekr in March as a standalone brand to compete with Tesla, XPeng, NIO Inc. and others in the premium EV market in China.

Eric Walz2021-08-30 10:00 PT

Lucid Group Announces 2 New Air Sedan Versions, Including the 1,111 HP ‘Dream Edition Performance’

Lucid Group Announces 2 New Air Sedan Versions, Including the 1,111 HP ‘Dream Edition Performance’

California-based luxury-performance electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors, now known as the Lucid Group after its IPO last month, announced two new versions of its forthcoming Lucid Air sedan on Wednesday - the Dream Edition Performance and Dream Edition Range. Both models feature a dual motor all-wheel drive powertrain with a top speed of 168 mph.

FutureCar Staff 2021-08-25 09:00 PT

Tesla Challenger XPeng is Now Shipping its Flagship P7 Electric Sedan to Norway

Tesla Challenger XPeng is Now Shipping its Flagship P7 Electric Sedan to Norway

​Chinese electric vehicle startup XPeng is shipping its second electric vehicle to Norway, a country with the world’s highest EV adoption rate. It marks the first time that XPeng is exported its flagship P7 to a market outside China, another major step in the company’s global expansion to establish an international market presence as its looks to take on Tesla.

Eric Walz2021-08-24 13:30 PT

J.D. Power Public Electric Charging Study Finds Tesla Comes Out on Top

J.D. Power Public Electric Charging Study Finds Tesla Comes Out on Top

While electric vehicle owners turn to personal chargers at their place of residence as their primary method of charging their EV, Tesla ranks as the best Level 2 and DC fast charger operator in a new study conducted by J.D. Power.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-08-21 07:30 PT

Tesla challenger XPeng to Double its Manufacturing Capacity in China to Meet Growing Demand

Tesla challenger XPeng to Double its Manufacturing Capacity in China to Meet Growing Demand

​Chinese electric vehicle startup XPeng plans to double its manufacturing capacity as it takes on segment leader Tesla and others in the world’s biggest auto market with its smart, connected vehicles. The new plant will double Xpeng’s annual vehicle production capacity from 100,000 to 200,000 electric vehicles.

Eric Walz2021-08-18 08:45 PT

U.S. Regulators Formally Open Safety Probe of Tesla’s Autopilot After Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles

U.S. Regulators Formally Open Safety Probe of Tesla’s Autopilot After Accidents Involving Emergency Vehicles

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is a fierce defender of the automaker’s semi-autonomous driving feature “Autopilot”, saying that the technology saves lives. However, after a series of high profile crashes involving emergency vehicles where drivers were suspected of using Autopilot, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has formally opened a safety probe of Tesla vehicles in the U.S.

Eric Walz2021-08-16 08:30 PT

The Refreshed P7 Smart Sedan From Tesla Challenger XPeng Revealed in New Patent Images

The Refreshed P7 Smart Sedan From Tesla Challenger XPeng Revealed in New Patent Images

The first patent images of the refreshed P7 Smart Sedan from Chinese EV startup and Tesla rival XPeng were revealed online this week by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The refreshed P7 will be powered by a new lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery pack supplied by Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL).

Eric Walz2021-08-13 15:45 PT

A Closer Look at the ‘Blade Battery’ That Tesla Will Reportedly Use for its $25,000 EV

A Closer Look at the ‘Blade Battery’ That Tesla Will Reportedly Use for its $25,000 EV

​The auto industry was abuzz last week after reports that electric automaker Tesla will use a new type of “Blade Battery” for its rumored “Model 2”, a compact and affordable EV that will reportedly cost under $25,000 and offer a range of around 250 miles. The new Blade Battery was developed by FinDreams Battery, an independent subsidiary of Chinese automaker BYD, which is also a major supplier of EV batteries to other automakers.

Eric Walz2021-08-09 12:00 PT

Tesla Challenger XPeng Reports Record July Deliveries, its 2nd Consecutive Month of Record-Setting Growth

Tesla Challenger XPeng Reports Record July Deliveries, its 2nd Consecutive Month of Record-Setting Growth

China's electric vehicle startup and Tesla challenger XPeng Inc. continues to post record sales. The company reported its highest ever monthly deliveries of 8,040 electric vehicles in July. It represents a 228% increase year-over-year, and a 22% increase compared to June. It was XPeng’s second consecutive month of record electric vehicle deliveries.

Eric Walz2021-08-02 14:30 PT

Tesla's Chinese Battery Supplier CATL Unveils a Sodium-ion Battery, a Major Breakthrough for EVs

Tesla's Chinese Battery Supplier CATL Unveils a Sodium-ion Battery, a Major Breakthrough for EVs

Chinese battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) on Thursday unveiled the company’s first-generation sodium-ion battery. The batteries are a new solution for the auto industry. CATL’s first generation of sodium-ion batteries have high-energy density, fast-charging capability, excellent thermal stability, as well as excellent low-temperature performance.

Eric Walz2021-07-29 13:30 PT

Li Auto Takes First Place in New Vehicle Insurance Registrations for China’s EV Startups in the Month of June

Li Auto Takes First Place in New Vehicle Insurance Registrations for China’s EV Startups in the Month of June

New Energy Vehicle (NEV) startup Li Auto topped the list in new vehicle registrations for China’s EV startups for the month of June, according to the China Automotive Technology & Research Center. It’s the first time ever that Li Auto took the top spot for New Energy Vehicle (NEV) startups in monthly insurance volume.

Eric Walz2021-07-12 11:55 PT

XPeng Launches its New & Improved G3i SUV in China, a More Affordable Alternative to the Tesla Model Y

XPeng Launches its New & Improved G3i SUV in China, a More Affordable Alternative to the Tesla Model Y

​Competition in the electric vehicle space is heating up for Tesla in China, with new startups XPeng and NIO Inc. delivering stylish, tech-laden, yet affordable electric vehicles. Tesla challenger XPeng just unveiled its refreshed G3i, which offers autonomous driving capability and self-parking. It costs around half the price of a Tesla Model Y.

Eric Walz2021-07-09 09:45 PT

Volvo-backed Electric Brand Polestar in Talks to go Public via a SPAC Deal, Sources Say

Volvo-backed Electric Brand Polestar in Talks to go Public via a SPAC Deal, Sources Say

Polestar, the new electric performance brand of Volvo Cars and its parent company Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co (Geely), is in talks to go public through a merger with Gores Guggenheim Inc., a blank check-firm, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

FutureCar Staff 2021-07-08 13:05 PT

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