Recently, in the Wenzhou-Xiaojiang section of China’s Shenyang-Haikou Expressway, a Leapmotor vehicle rear-ended another car without braking, pushing it out dozens of meters. Local media reported that the Leapmotor car owner claimed to have activated the assisted driving function when the accident occurred, and said that he was drinking water at the time. “I immediately pulled back when I found that it ran off course, but it was too late,” he said.
On August 15, Leapmotor told The Paper that the car was a Leapmotor C11 model, and that one person in the rear-ended car was slightly injured. The firm added that information related to the cause of the accident is temporarily unable to be disclosed, pending authorization of the release of private background and conversation data. It was confirmed that the vehicle was in a human-driven state before the collision, without activating ACC mode (Adaptive Cruise Control).
Founded in 2015, Leapmotor is a technology-based intelligent electric vehicle brand. It was jointly invested in and established by Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. and Dahua’s main founders. Leapmotor currently has four models for sale: S01, T03, C11 and C01. The C11 was launched in 2021, and is the third mass-produced model of Leapmotor. It is positioned as a medium-sized pure electric SUV and is now priced at 179,800 yuan – 229,800 yuan ($26,498 – $33,867).
Data show that from January to July this year, the cumulative sales volume of Leapmotor was 64,038, second only to NIO, XPeng and Li Auto in the Chinese market. The firm’s sales volume in July was 12,044, up 173.5% year-on-year, higher than NIO, XPeng and Li Auto. Regarding specific models, the sales volume of the T03 and C11 was 38,520 and 25,497 respectively.