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Chinese automaker Nio reports record EV sales in June — but both XPeng and Li Auto did even better

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Nio’s ES7 sports utility vehicle adds another competitor to Tesla’s Model X and Model Y in China.
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Chinese electric vehicle maker Nio delivered nearly 13,000 vehicles in June, up 60% from a year ago as China’s auto industry continued to rebound after months of pandemic-related disruptions.

Its total deliveries of 12,961 was Nio’s best monthly result since it began sales to the public in June 2018. But it wasn’t enough to outpace the company’s two key rivals. XPeng Motors delivered 15,295 vehicles to customers in June, up 133% from a year ago. Li Auto delivered 13,024 of its SUVs last month, up 69% from a year ago.

All three automakers have had intermittent production disruptions since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Nio, based in Shanghai with factories in Hefei, was hit hardest by the most recent outbreaks. June was its first month with more than 10,000 deliveries since December of last year.

Nio didn’t share details of its production recovery efforts on Friday. But it said it will begin deliveries of its upcoming new ES7 SUV and revised versions of ES8, ES6, and EC6 SUVs in August.

XPeng, based in southern China near the city of Guangzhou, said it was able to resume two-shift production in mid-May at its factory in Zhaoqing. The company on Friday confirmed plans to launch a new flagship SUV, the G9, in September. It said pre-orders for the G9 will open in August.

Li Auto, based in Changzhou, unveiled its own new flagship, a large SUV called the L9, in June. The company, which earlier this week announced plans to raise $2 billion via an at-the-market stock offering, said on Friday that it expects to begin delivering the L9 by the end of August.

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