XPeng is one more Chinese electrical automobile (EV) brand planning a European launch, however it’s additionally planning to enter the UK – and meaning right-hand drive manufacturing.

Automotive News Europe experiences firm president Brian Gu has confirmed the G6 SUV will probably be the brand’s first right-hook mannequin, and will probably be launched in the UK throughout 2024.

Also set for export markets – if not but confirmed for right-hand drive – are the mid-sized P7 sedan and G9 SUV.

The XPeng identify will not be acquainted to these outdoors of China, however the younger firm – solely based in 2015 – has already captured the consideration of business big Volkswagen.

The German juggernaut has tapped XPeng to collectively design two “absolutely related” mid-sized electrical automobiles (EVs) to complement its present MEB-based EVs in China. They’re due by early 2026.

These will use the G9’s Edward platform, which pre-dates the Smart Electric Platform Architecture (SEPA) 2.0 that underpins the G6.

XPeng has been exporting automobiles to Europe since 2021, beginning – as different Chinese manufacturers have carried out – with the EV-hungry Norwegian market.

The firm has grown quickly to be publicly listed on each the NYSE and the Hong Kong inventory exchanges.

In addition to the Tesla Model 3-rivalling P7, Model Y-rivalling G6 and the G9, which sits between the Model Y and Model X in dimension, XPeng produces two different fashions.

The P5 is a small sedan launched in 2021 which XPeng claims was the first mass-produced automobile in the world to provide LiDAR, whereas the older, 2018-vintage G3 is roughly the identical dimension as a BYD Atto 3.

XPeng isn’t the solely Chinese brand to not too long ago announce right-hand drive manufacturing.

Nio, one other EV startup, will produce its Model 3-rivalling ET5 in right-hand drive for the UK market, whereas Human Horizons (aka HiPhi) has also confirmed it’s working on RHD production.

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