China’s Xiaomi set to begin shipments of its first EV model, shares rocket

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China's Xiaomi set to begin shipments of its first EV model, shares rocket
China's Xiaomi set to begin shipments of its first EV model, shares rocket

China’s Xiaomi stated that it will begin delivering its first electric vehicle (EV) model, the SU7, this month, joining the world’s largest car market amid a furious price war.

China’s Xiaomi announced on Tuesday that it will begin deliveries of its first electric vehicle (EV) model, the SU7, this month, entering the world’s largest car market amid a fierce price battle.

The smartphone maker, China’s fifth-largest, said in a Weibo post that it has 59 locations in 29 cities around the country that will accept orders. A launch event is set for March 28, when the new EV’s sticker tag is likely to be revealed.

Xiaomi’s stock rose 7% during morning trading.

China’s EV sales increased by 18% in January–February, which is not far from the 21% growth forecast for the entire year 2023. This year has witnessed a round of deeper price reductions driven by market leader BYD to entice consumers, notwithstanding sluggish domestic demand.

Xiaomi Chief Executive Lei Jun stated at the introduction of the Speed Ultra 7 (SU7) sedan in December that the company aspires to be one of the world’s top five automobile manufacturers.

According to Lei, the SU7 has “super electric motor” technology that can accelerate faster than Tesla and Porsche EVs.

Analysts believe that the car’s same operating system as Xiaomi’s popular phones and other electronic devices will appeal to the company’s current customers.

Xiaomi has been looking to diversify beyond its main business into EVs in the face of stagnant smartphone demand, a strategy it originally announced in 2021.

Its vehicles will be manufactured by a unit of the state-owned carmaker BAIC Group in a Beijing factory with an annual capacity of 200,000 vehicles.

The smartphone behemoth has vowed to invest $10 billion in automobiles over the next decade, and it is one of the few new entrants in China’s EV industry to receive approval from authorities who are hesitant to contribute to a supply glut.

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