On August 1, China's Li Auto Conveyer left for Changzhou for 200 thousand copies of the One hybrid model, but next year it is ready to present a new model of the electric vehicle, which is limited to the use of a traction battery only, and will be able to add 400 km in 10 minutes.
In fact, as many experts point out, the relatively modest volume of orders for the supply of Li Auto electric vehicles in the current quarter is precisely the existence of a delayed demand for the L9 model, which is already being offered for testing potential buyers. In the third quarter, the manufacturer expects to supply between 27 and 29,000 cars, which is lower than expected by analysts. It is believed that this proportion will reduce the demand for Li One in anticipation of the start of the L9 crossover, which is scheduled for the end of August.
In an annual comparison, the second quarter for Li Auto was quite successful. 28,687 vehicles were delivered during the period, representing an increase of 63.2 per cent over the same quarter last year, while revenues rose by 73.3 per cent to $1.3 billion. This did not prevent the company from showing operating losses of $146.1 million, which increased by 137% in a consistent comparison. Since the Li One announced in 2019, over 184,000 copies of this hybrid vehicle have been delivered.
The Li L8 model will be driven exclusively by a reserve of electric power stored in a traction battery. It debuts next year and will allow 400 km in 10 minutes of charging at a special station. In fact, Li Auto considers the lack of sufficient charging stations on popular routes in China to be a major infrastructure problem, and electric vehicle owners are already in a position to regularly replenish the range to operate within cities.