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Chinese electric car start-ups Nio and Xpeng defy first quarter weakness with March surprise

Xpeng CEO He Xiaopeng stands subsequent to the corporate’s P7 electric sedan as he addresses media on the 2020 Beijing auto present.

Evelyn Cheng | CNBC

BEIJING — Two of China’s U.S.-listed electric car start-ups beat market expectations of their March deliveries, with each corporations setting quarterly information.

Xpeng mentioned Thursday it delivered 5,102 automobiles in March, beating implied deliveries of 4,262 automobiles for that month. The firm delivered a complete of 13,340 automobiles within the first quarter, topping its steering of 12,500 for the interval.

Nio introduced deliveries of seven,257 automobiles in March, marking 20,060 automobiles for the first three months of the 12 months — essentially the most for any quarter, in line with the corporate.

That falls inside Nio’s authentic first quarter steering of 20,000 to twenty,500 automobiles. Nio had lowered the forecast final week to 19,500 automobiles after asserting a five-day manufacturing facility closure because of a scarcity in semiconductors.

Shares of each corporations rose greater than 1% throughout Thursday’s buying and selling session in New York. The shares stay in adverse territory for the 12 months thus far, after surging in 2020.

Xpeng’s March deliveries have been roughly break up between the corporate’s P7 sedan and G3 SUV. Among Nio’s three fashions — all SUVs — the corporate mentioned its five-seat ES6 noticed essentially the most demand with greater than 3,000 deliveries final month.

The supply beat is “a very positive indicator of the China EV market growth trajectory for the rest of the year,” Wedbush analysts Dan Ives and Strecker Backe wrote. They additionally predict March was a superb month for Tesla in China, and anticipate electric car shares will climb 30% to 40% greater this 12 months.

BYD’s stellar gross sales in March

However, the start-ups’ file quarterly deliveries nonetheless pale as compared with Chinese electric car and battery producer BYD.

For the corporate’s Han mannequin alone — which is available in each hybrid and pure-electric variations — gross sales topped 10,000 models in March, BYD administration advised Citi analysts in a name Tuesday. BYD’s whole gross sales of recent vitality automobiles hit 23,000 models final month, in line with Citi.

BYD expects that in December, it will probably attain gross sales of 30,000 automobiles in simply the battery-powered class, Citi mentioned.

Another U.S.-listed Chinese electric car start-up, Li Auto, had not launched first quarter figures as of Friday morning Beijing time.

The firm forecast in February it could ship between 10,500 and 11,500 automobiles within the first quarter, or fewer than 4,000 automobiles a month. Li Auto’s solely mannequin in the marketplace is an SUV that comes with a gas tank for charging the battery.

Li Auto shares rose 1% Thursday and are down about 12% year-to-date.

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