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XPeng shares close flat in HK debut as it eyes global rollout

This undated photo shows Guangzhou-based XPeng's G3 model on display at the Shanghai auto show. (LI FUSHENG / CHINA DAILY)

BEIJING/HONG KONG – Chinese mainland electric vehicle maker XPeng Inc closed flat in its US$1.8 billion Hong Kong dual primary listing on Wednesday as the company said it would develop future models based on product platforms designed for international markets.

XPeng shares closed at HK$165, in line with its listing price, after rising by as much as 2.1 percent higher soon after starting trading.

The positive tone was short-lived and the shares dropped to be 3.5 percent below the offer price before recovering in the afternoon session.

XPeng shares closed at HK$165, in line with its listing price, after rising by as much as 2.1% higher soon after starting trading

The flat close compared with a 0.4 percent fall in the benchmark Hang Seng Index and a 1.2 percent drop in the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index.

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Led by former Alibaba executive He Xiaopeng, the seven-year-old automaker is developing smart-car technologies including a smart cabin and autonomous driving. It is selling P7 and P5 sedans and G3 sport-utility vehicles.

XPeng will roll out a new product platform with which it can develop several models of different segmentations and sizes, in two years, He told Reuters in an interview.

"The platform will be targeting the global market, meaning we will consider global auto regulations when we develop it," He said. Like rivals Nio Inc and BYD XPeng is expanding global sales by shipping cars to Norway, where policies are supportive of EVs.

XPeng is making its cars in two mainland factories and is building two new plants. It is adding production hours at Zhaoqing, He said. Its prospectus shows XPeng is planning an SUV model next year.

"Between 2025 and 2030, China's auto industry might look like the current smartphone industry, which a few players dominate," He, who previously founded a smartphone software company, said.

XPeng will continue developing smart-car technologies, as well as a flying car that would also be able to drive on roads, He said, without giving a timeframe. The company already has a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype that is undergoing testing.

XPeng chose a dual primary listing rather than a secondary listing as it has been listed in New York for less than two years. The dual primary listing allows qualified mainland investors to take part through the Stock Connect regime linking the mainland and Hong Kong markets, according to the exchange's rules.

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