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China’s EV shipments from Xpeng Motors speed up and Nio drops in Might

An Xpeng P7 electric car can be seen during the 18th Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition at the China Import and Export Fair Complex on November 20, 2020 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.

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GUANGZHOU, China – Chinese electric car maker Nio saw its deliveries decline in May as global chip scarcity affected its business.

Meanwhile, rival Xpeng Motors saw vehicle deliveries accelerate in May as it managed to overcome the same semiconductor shortage.

Xpeng was up roughly 5.5% in pre-trading in the US, while Nio was up 2.8% at 5:03 a.m. ET.

Global automakers are also grappling with a semiconductor shortage that has impacted their businesses.

Nio delivered 6,711 vehicles in May, 95.3% compared to the previous year. However, that was 5% less than in April.

“In May, the company’s vehicle shipments were impacted for several days due to volatility in semiconductor supply and certain logistical adjustments,” Nio said in a statement.

“Based on the current production and delivery schedule, the company will be able to accelerate deliveries in June to make up for the May delays,” the statement said, adding that it reiterates its delivery forecast of 21,000 to 22,000 vehicles in the second quarter of the year.

As of May 31, the cumulative deliveries of the three Nio models ES8, ES6 and EC6 reached 109,514 units.

Xpeng deliveries are accelerating

The Chinese electric car manufacturer delivered 1,889 of its G3 SUV in May.

Meanwhile, China had a five-day work vacation in May.

“May is actually a very challenging month for the industry because obviously we mentioned that there was a supply chain constraint with this chip shortage. There are also the bank holidays, the May holidays affecting delivery for the first half … of the month. ”Brian Gu, president of Xpeng Motors, told CNBC in an interview that aired Tuesday.

Despite the challenges, May saw a very robust surge for the company, he said.

“Also, I think our most exciting re-growth is our P7 product,” said Gu. “We are actually seeing much stronger growth in our revenue mix, which gives us confidence that we are really meeting our quarterly guidance and numbers for this shipment … for the second half of the year.”

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