China’s Ministry of Finance released a plan on April 23, 2020 to reduce subsidies for new energy vehicles (NEVs) on a yearly basis, calling for the amount of subsidies to be reduced in principle by 10 percent, 20 percent and 30 percent from the previous year in each of the years 2020-2022.
As of January 11, XPeng’s models priced below RMB 300,000 have been increased, with the flagship sedan P7 at RMB 4,300 (approx $674) – 5,900, the P5 sedan at RMB 4,800 – 5,400 and the G3i SUV at RMB 4,800 – 5,400.
According to current policies, models that do not support battery swap will not be eligible for subsidies if their price is above RMB 300,000. Therefore XPeng’s models priced above that level have previously been excluded from subsidies.
The plan also mentioned that from 2020, the pre-subsidy selling price of new energy passenger cars must be below 300,000 yuan to enjoy the subsidy.
However, in order to encourage the development of battery swap as a new business model, vehicles supporting battery swap are not subject to this requirement. Although XPeng’s local counterpart NIO’s models all start at more than RMB 300,000, consumers are still eligible for state subsidies.
On December 31, four ministries, including China’s Ministry of Finance, announced that subsidies for NEV purchases will be slashed by 30 percent in 2022, compared to 2021.