Chinese EV maker Xpeng starts shipping its hotly anticipated Tesla Model 3 rival


Chinese EV maker, Xpeng, will start delivering its cheaper and rangier rival to Tesla‘s Model 3, the P7.

According to a company announcement made last Sunday, Xpeng has started delivering the vehicle across China, South China Morning Post reports. If you don’t know the P7, it costs just $32,470 compared to the Model 3’s $38,350 (after subsidies), it also has 38 km more range than the Tesla.

Understandably people are excited about getting a comparable vehicle for a decent discount.

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The car received glittering praise in a recent first drive by Fully Charged reporter Elliot Richards. The review even shows Xpeng’s approach to marketing which includes a person showing the car off next to a Model 3 and pointing out how the P7 is better.

It’s clear Xpeng wants to take on Tesla, and isn’t afraid of following in its footsteps to make that happen. But it won’t come easily.

Xpeng and Tesla have certainly had an interesting relationship. On numerous occasions, the Chinese carmaker has been accused of copying or stealing from the American EV leader.

Last month, Xpeng updated its website to show off its new P7, however, the whole web design was heavily inspired by Tesla.

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