(Yicai Global) March 22 -- New-energy vehicle startup Xpeng Motors has obtained a special NEV license plate in its home city of Guangzhou for its 1.0 production model, becoming the first internet company to earn the privilege.
The 1.0 passed reviews by the Fangcun branch of Guangzhou Traffic Police's vehicle management department, Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co. said in a press release. The company is the first emerging automaker to obtain the special license.
"Getting the license plate is a key milestone for Xpeng Motors," said Chairman He Xiaopeng. "The approval is a comprehensive assessment of carmakers' capabilities, and we have fully demonstrated our technical skills."
Xpeng, established in 2014 and already planning to go public this year, unveiled a beta version of the 1.0 car in September 2016. It delivered a batch to employees in October 2017 but didn't make them available to the public. There are currently about 200 on the road and staff have test driven them over five million kilometers, covering 10,000 hours of testing in extreme high and low temperatures.