EV Week In Review: Nio's Bumper Equity Offering, Ark Offloads Tesla Holdings, Apple Car Rumors, & More

EV Week In Review: Nio's Bumper Equity Offering, Ark Offloads Tesla Holdings, Apple Car Rumors, XPeng Launch Date For P5, Toyota's Big Battery Bet

EV stocks were mostly down for the week ending Sept. 10, excluding Tesla Inc (TSLA). Shares of the EV giant saw a nice bump up in the middle of the week before squandering most of the gains, and yet ending the week higher. Here are the key developments in the EV space this week.

Tesla In The News On Laser Beam Wipers, Energy Trading, Model S Plaid

Even as Tesla bull Cathie Wood's Ark Invest ETFs sold part of its Tesla Holdings, valued at around $139 million, the company had several other positive developments to flaunt during the week. Tesla has received a U.S. patent for the use of laser beams as windshield wipers and also for cleaning debris from solar panels and tiles on the roof.

In another development, Elon Musk showed off record speed statistics for its Model S Plaid model. In a tweet, Musk said the vehicle set an official world speed record for a production EV at Nürburgring. The company began delivering the model in early June.

Reports also suggested that Tesla is building a team of energy traders with its Auto bidder platform, a real time trading and control platform for energy assets such as Tesla's Powerpacks, Powerwalls, and Megapacks. Tesla is finding redemption in China, as sales recovered in August following a slump in July.

Nio Surprises With an Equity Offering

Chinese EV maker Nio, Inc. (NIO) filed for offering up to $2 billion of ADSs to fuel its growth plans. The company chose the "at-the-market" offering route that allows selling shares in the open market over time.

In other key developments, it was revealed that the robotaxi fleet Intel, Inc.'s (INTC) MobilEye subsidiary is planning to launch in Germany will use Nio's ES8. At the IAA Mobility event in Munich, Nio for the first time showcased its yet-to-be launched ET7 in Europe and also confirmed a German foray in 2022.

XPeng to Launch P5 Next Week

XPeng, Inc. (XPEV) announced that its third production model, the XPeng P5 smart family sedan, will launch in the Chinese market on Sept. 15. Deliveries to customers will begin in October. The company claims it is the first mass-produced lidar-equipped smart car priced at 160,000 yuan to 230,000 yuan ($24,830-$35,690) post subsidies.

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