Interview: Brian Gu, Vice Chairman and President, Xpeng Motors

With so many EV start-ups pegged as the next big thing in e-mobility, why is Xiaopeng Motors valued so highly? Freddie Holmes speaks to its President, Brian Gu, to find out

In automotive circles, China has become synonymous with two things in particular: electric vehicles (EVs) and start-ups.

One of the contenders vying for a position in this heavily congested market is Xiaopeng Motors, a Guangzhou-based company that touts investors such as Alibaba and Xiaomi, a leading Chinese electronics company and one of the country’s largest smartphone manufacturers. In November, it closed a US$400m investment round and garnered an estimated valuation of around US$4bn. It will compete directly with other start-ups such as Aiways, CHJ Automotive, Nio and WM Motor.

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