XPeng, one of the leading Chinese smart electric vehicle (EV) companies, has been facing a tough challenge in the second quarter of 2023. The company reported a record quarterly net loss of $390 million, a 19.6% increase from the previous quarter and a 3.7% increase from the same period last year. The company also saw its gross margin turn negative to -3.9%, a sharp decline from 10.9% in the second quarter of 2022 and 1.7% in the first quarter of 2023. The main reasons for the disappointing financial results were the rising costs of raw materials, batteries, and chips, as well as the fierce competition in the Chinese EV market.
However, XPeng is not giving up on its ambition to become a global leader in smart EVs. The company is betting on its new electric SUV, the XPeng G9, to revive its sales and stock price. The XPeng G9 is expected to be launched in China in the fourth quarter of 2023 and will be the first model to feature XPeng's self-developed XPILOT 4.0 autonomous driving system. The XPILOT 4.0 will enable the XPeng G9 to achieve level 4 autonomy, which means that the vehicle can drive itself without human intervention in most scenarios. The XPeng G9 will also have a range of over 600 kilometers (372 miles) on a single charge and a starting price of around $40,000.
XPeng hopes that the XPeng G9 will attract more customers who are looking for a premium and intelligent SUV with advanced features and performance. The company also plans to expand its sales network and charging infrastructure in China and overseas markets, such as Europe and North America. XPeng believes that its innovation and differentiation will help it stand out from its rivals, such as Tesla, Nio, Li Auto, and BYD.
XPeng's stock price has been falling since it reached its peak of $74.49 in January 2023. As of August 22, 2023, the stock closed at $28.65, a drop of 61.5%. The company's market capitalization has also shrunk from $63 billion to $24 billion in the same period. However, some analysts remain optimistic about XPeng's long-term prospects, citing its strong product pipeline, technological capabilities, and loyal customer base. They expect that the launch of the XPeng G9 will boost the company's revenue and profitability in the coming quarters and help it regain its market share and valuation.
XPeng is facing a critical moment in its history. The company needs to prove that it can overcome the challenges posed by the market environment and the competition and deliver on its promises of innovation and quality. The XPeng G9 could be the key to achieving this goal and restoring the confidence of investors and customers alike.