NIO Passes 300,000 Gross sales, Zeekr Going Public (Looking for $1 Billion+)


We’ve acquired some notable information from two Chinese language EV startups from this previous week or so. NIO has hit a giant gross sales milestone, and Zeekr is trying to go public within the USA and lift no less than $1 billion.

NIO EV Gross sales Milestone

Picture courtesy of NIO.

The Chinese language EV startup NIO has now handed 300,000 cumulative gross sales. 5 years in the past, this might have been a shocking achievement. Right this moment, that is nonetheless an incredible milestone for a younger firm to achieve, however it’s clear that the EV market is way bigger than it was even a yr or two in the past and we count on quick progress from NIO because it’s a high EV firm by way of tech and its general EV ecosystem. It’s potential NIO might even promote 300,000 EVs subsequent yr. Although, that will require promoting about 25,000 automobiles a month as an alternative of almost 15,000 a month. One factor which may assist: NIO goes to launch 5 new fashions within the first half of 2023! That’s a giant step up in its choices and the corporate might see a notable enhance in gross sales.

Picture courtesy of NIO.

Getting again to the information, NIO’s 300,000th automobile rolled off the road at its “Second Superior Manufacturing Base” in Hefei. “Because the manufacturing of its first good EV in Could 2018, NIO has been breaking information of manufacturing velocity and devoted to increase its manufacturing capability,” NIO writes. The corporate additionally highlighted its rising presence outdoors of China. “NIO has constantly saved increasing its international presence. Within the first half of 2022, NIO grew to become the primary automaker listed within the US, Hong Kong, and Singapore. NIO began service and supply of ET7 in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden in October. NIO has constructed an innovation heart in Berlin whereas organising a synthetic intelligence and autonomous driving R&D heart in Singapore. NIO will probably be serving customers in additional than 25 international locations and territories by 2025. […] As of December 12, NIO has 395 NIO Homes and NIO Areas, 1,263 Energy Swap Stations, 12,785 charging piles, and entry to over 998,000 third-party charging piles.”

I count on we’ll see a lot greater numbers from NIO in a yr, and who is aware of about two years from now?

Zeekr Going Public

Zeekr is even youthful than NIO, however it’s getting severe sufficient in its progress plans that it now plans to go public by an preliminary public providing (IPO), in accordance with Reuters. One can’t say that Zeekr is a standalone Chinese language startup like NIO, although, as it’s a subsidiary of Chinese language auto big Geely (which additionally owns Volvo Vehicles and Polestar, by the best way). Nonetheless, as its personal model, Zeekr needs to go public. General, Geely has 7 totally different auto manufacturers that produce and promote electrical automobiles, and three of them are premium/luxurious manufacturers.

Zeekr 001. Picture courtesy of Geely.

In line with the Reuters report, Zeekr is searching for a valuation above $10 billion, and it needs to boost greater than $1 billion. In its first exterior fundraising spherical, earlier this yr, Zeekr had a valuation of $9 billion. The IPO may very well be as quickly as Q2 2023, however the firm has reportedly simply filed the preliminary paperwork.

Zeekr has one mannequin in the marketplace proper now, the 001. It is just accessible in China, however is meant to hit the European market in 2023.

Zeekr 001. Picture courtesy of Geely.

It’s been some time since any Chinese language EV firms went public on a US inventory change. It’s possible you’ll recall that there was additionally a time frame this yr when there appeared to be excessive threat of delisting of Chinese language shares. That has been cleared up and overcome, it appears. “The IPO submitting comes after Beijing and Washington reached a landmark auditing deal in August, sharply decreasing the specter of delisting for greater than 200 New York-listed Chinese language firms,” Reuters writes.

With 60,600 gross sales within the first 9 months of 2022, one can’t name Zeekr a significant automaker, however the intention is definitely fast and big progress. $1 billion might assist a bit in that regard.


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