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Li Auto announced that the company delivered 5,379 Li ONEs in January, representing a 355.8% year-over-year increase and resulting in cumulative deliveries of 38,976 vehicles. The company also announced the establishment of a new research and development, or R&D, center in Shanghai, China dedicated to the development of electric vehicle technologies. These technologies include platforms, charging technologies, autonomous driving technologies, intelligent cockpits, operating systems and computing platforms. This R&D center will have end-to-end development capabilities for new models. The R&D center has already started recruiting, and expects to ultimately house over 2,000 staff in the future.

NIO Inc. (NIO) also provided its January delivery results. The company said it delivered 7,225 vehicles in January, a new monthly record representing a 352.1% year-over-year growth. The deliveries consisted of 1,660 ES8s, the company's six-seater and seven-seater smart electric SUV, 2,720 ES6s, its five-seater smart electric SUV, and 2,845 EC6s, the company's five-seater electric coupe SUV. As of January 31, cumulative deliveries of the ES8, ES6 and EC6 reached 82,866 vehicles.

Meanwhile, XPeng (XPEV) also announced its vehicle delivery results for January, saying it achieved a record monthly delivery of 6,015 Smart EVs in January, representing a 470% increase from January 2020, and marking the third consecutive month of record-breaking delivery numbers. Both the P7 smart sports sedan and the G3 smart compact SUV deliveries maintained momentum. Total January deliveries consisted of a record high 3,710 P7s and 2,305 G3s. Cumulative P7 deliveries reached 18,772 as of January 31. G3 deliveries exhibited a 118% increase year-over-year. The new version of P7's operating system, Xmart OS 2.5.0 was released to customers on January 26 this year, optimizing 200+ features and adding 40+ new functions including the navigation assisted highway autonomous driving solution NGP.

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William K. 3 months ago Member's comment

Thanks for the detailed reporting. But to throw some water on the fire, the computer driven cars will be a non-starter for two reasons: First, the improvement in safety is non-existent for most people, since most people never are involved in an accident, and if they don't hate to drive there is no other reason to pay so much extra for a very expensive add-on. And the bigger reason is that computer driven cars will never have adequately good software, because the cost of a proper evaluation is far to great.

And the really big challenge for electric vehicles will happen as the number grows and it becomes clear that there is not enough power to charge them all. THAT is the fatal flaw in the concept that is very seldom mentioned, since it is a serious show-stopper.