Xpeng Inc, a leading Chinese electric car maker, has started delivery of smart electric vehicles to customers in Norway. The 100 Xpeng G3 smart electric sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are being handed over this week to their new owners across 28 cities and towns in Norway. This includes customers as far north as Bodø (67°N) which lies just north of the Arctic Circle.
While the domestic Chinese market remains its primary customer base, Xpeng is now well-positioned to develop its international strategy with the launch of its first production model, the G3 electric SUV, in Norway. Xpeng is actively exploring opportunities in other mature electric car markets with supportive government policies, advanced charging infrastructure and high electric vehicle awareness.
The G3 epitomises Xpeng’s strategy of offering advanced technologies at attractive prices. The G3 retails for £30,300 (€33700/$41,000) and in Norway costs 358,000 NKr. The big attraction of this sporty looking electric SUV is that it has a range of 323 miles (520km) combined with its high technical specification and driver assistance system.
Xpeng is also planning to launch its second production electric car. Named simply the P7 it is an electric sports saloon and will be available in Europe within the next 12 months.
He Xiaopeng, CEO & Chairman of Xpeng, said: “This week’s customer deliveries in Norway represent a key milestone in Xpeng’s aspirations to become a truly international smart electric vehicle brand.
“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. We look forward to being a significant driver in accelerating that transition.”