Chinese rival Tesla unveils XPeng G9 smart electric crossover

Electric car maker XPeng Motors already dubbed its Chinese rival Tesla, unveiled the same smart electric crossover at the Guangzhou auto show, the first image of which was shown in early November. The model was named XPeng G9.

XPeng G9 is built on the basis of a new proprietary architecture for electric vehicles, received an advanced driver assistance system (Advanced Driver Assistance System or ADAS), as well as very fast charging.

Note that XPeng Motors has become one of the most famous electric vehicle manufacturers in China. Currently, there are three cards of the company on the market. The first was the G3 crossover, which debuted in 2018, followed by the P7 sedan in 2019. Since then, the automaker has expanded outside of China, with both EVs being introduced in Europe.

In August 2020, XPeng unveiled its third electric vehicle, a second sedan called the P5. It is seen as a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3 with a significantly lower price tag.

The newest XPeng G9 was developed not so much for China as for the international market. It immediately meets China's C-NCAP and European E-NCAP safety standards as well as EU WVTA European vehicle certification standards. The model is considered a competitor to cars such as Tesla Model Y, Nio ES6, and Li Auto Li-One.

The electric car will be the first to receive the proprietary XPeng X-Pilot 4.0 ADAS driver assistance system, which provides many automatic scenarios - from starting the electric vehicle to parking, but has not yet reached the level of full autopilot. The system uses two NVIDIA Tegra Orin-X SoCs, different cameras on all sides of the vehicle, and a pair of lidars.

It also uses the new XPeng X-EEA 3.0 platform that integrates hardware, software, and communications. The automaker promises that the platform allows over-the-air (FOTA) firmware updates to be installed in just 30 minutes.

As for fast charging, the G9 uses a new generation XPower 3.0 powerplant with support for 800 V. As XPeng promises, an electric car can get enough energy in 5 minutes to travel 200 km. All this will be possible when using proprietary fast-charging stations with a capacity of 480 kW, capable of withstanding amperage of more than 670 A. Also, water protection (IP67) is noted for safer charging.

Unfortunately, XPeng Motors has yet to share many interesting details about the car, including range, engine power, and price. Apparently, all this will become known closer to the release, which will take place in the third quarter of 2022.

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