Xpeng Motors plans to reduce its heavy reliance on CATL by sourcing batteries from a smaller manufacturer, as automakers face an industry-wide electric vehicle battery shortage, Chinese media outlet LatePost reported Friday citing people familiar with the matter. The Alibaba-backed EV maker is expanding its purchasing partners beyond battery giant CATL to lesser-known Sunwoda for its upcoming premium electric crossover the G9, which is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of this year, the report said. A long-time supplier of smartphone maker Apple, Sunwoda claims to have previously partnered with auto majors Geely and Dongfeng Motor, among others. [LatePost, in Chinese]