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In China, Nio's ES7 sports utility electric vehicle gives Tesla's Model X and Model Y another rival. As competition with Tesla heats up in China, Nio unveiled the ES7 sports utility vehicle on Wednesday. As competition in the market for electric SUVs heats up, the ES7 adds yet another rival to Tesla's Model Y and Model X in China.
Nio is attempting to stand out with its electric SUV by emphasizing its technological advantages. This includes the company's Nio Autonomous Driving system, which underpins some semi-autonomous driving features. The business also emphasized its infotainment system, which comes with a 23-speaker surround-sound setup in the vehicle.
Depending on the battery size, Nio's ES7 offers three distinct ranges: 485 kilometers, 620 kilometers, and 930 kilometers. Before subsidies, the starting price of the ES7 with a 485-kilometer range is 468,000 Chinese Yuan ($69,693). The starting price of the longest-range model, before subsidies, is 526,000 yuan. It is also the first certified passenger cars in China that can tow a trailer or caravan.
Pre-orders have started, and deliveries should start in August. On Wednesday, Nio stock increased by more than 4%. The supply chain disruption that Nio and its competitors have been experiencing has been made worse by Covid-19's return in China and the ensuing lockdowns in and around the country's major manufacturing hubs.
Although the company's deficit grew, first-quarter sales increased. Despite a slowdown in output in April and May, the company's second-quarter delivery outlook predicts a recovery in June. In the meantime, Tesla has also experienced production issues at its important China factory in Shanghai, which has been engulfed in a particularly protracted lockdown.
Following news that the business had increased prices on the majority of its vehicles, Tesla stock declined on Thursday. In order to reflect increasing costs for its Model 3, Model Y, Model S, and Model X categories, the manufacturer modified its online ordering module overnight. Tesla's stock dropped 6.4 percent to $654.14. The stock has dropped 34% so far this year through Wednesday's session, underperforming the S&P 500's slump of 20% that has put that index in a bear market.
The Model X Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive Long Range saw the biggest price increase, going from $114,990 to $120,990, a $6,000 increase. The Long-Range variant of the Model Y, Tesla's best-selling model, increased from $62,990 to $65,990. From $67,990 to $69,990, the Performance unit increased.
The Model 3 experienced the smallest price increase, but it had previously been raised. The base price of the Model 3, the company's least expensive vehicle, increased in March to $46,990. A little over a year ago, the Model 3 had a $36,990 beginning price.
Elon Musk, Tesla's Technoking typically doesn't provide an explanation for price increases, but increases in raw material costs and logistical expenses are common possibilities. Additionally, according to Tesla's website, there is a substantial backlog of orders that will not be fulfilled for six to twelve months.
Tesla might only be aiming to boost its profit margins. Even though the corporation raised prices last year and complained about rising costs, its gross margins on autos have been steadily rising. In March, Musk claimed on Twitter that Tesla was under substantial inflationary pressure in the areas of logistics and raw materials.
According to a recent projection from Bloomberg Intelligence, Volkswagen electric vehicles will overtake Tesla for the next 18 months as the world's top seller of EVs. Volkswagen is on course to surpass Tesla's production output by 2024, according to the full BEV forecast report, although several legacy manufacturers will continue to struggle with sales through 2025.
Both Volkswagen and Tesla are well-known automakers, and while the latter has supported BEVs more recently and vigorously than other legacy automakers, the former has been all-electric from the start.
It's possible that Volkswagen has a small grudge against the public because of the emissions crisis, and it's working. As the number of VW models available increases along with the demand for BEVs, this trend has maintained beyond 2022. Volkswagen continues to look behind Tesla while making progress for the German automaker.
Tesla continues to play a prominent role as the leader in EV adoption, and despite numerous setbacks, Tesla has no plans to slow down as new Giga factories in Austin and Berlin start up. However, Bloomberg Intelligence claims that Volkswagen will soon overtake the American automaker as the market leader in BEV sales.