New XPeng G9 electric SUV primed for international markets with 800V charging, Gigabit connectivity
After witnessing the announcement of the first electric vehicle to pass the 1000km (626 miles) range mark - the Aion LX Plus - the 19th Guangzhou car expo is the news gift that keeps on giving. XPeng, one of the few Chinese EV makers that sell abroad, unveiled its fourth electric vehicle and the first to be designed from the ground up for the international markets. The XPeng G9 mid-size SUV will be compliant with the European NCAP and WVTA crash safety and vehicle certification standards from the very design start. XPeng already sells its G3 SUV in Norway and recently started delivering its P7 sedan there, but the G9's certifications will allow it to reach more markets outside of China. According to XPENG's Co-founder and President Henry Xia:
G9 is our first model to be conceived and developed from the ground up for both the international and Chinese markets, demonstrating our commitment to the international markets and bringing our most sophisticated designs to our customers worldwide.
The XPeng G9 has fast 800V charging listed in its specs that can add 200km (124 miles) of driving range with just 5 minutes of top-up. Moreover, the new SUV will be the first to employ the company's X-EEA 3.0 electronic and electrical architecture, XPower 3.0 powertrain and supercharging, and the latest PILOT 4.0 advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The new semi-autonomous ADAS has two LiDARs situated directly in the headlights, a suite of cameras, and 508 TOPS ECU computational performance thanks to the two NVIDIA Drive Orin automotive chipsets.
Not only that, but the XPeng G9 will be the first Gigabit speed communication EV out of China, allowing OTA firmware updates delivered in as little as 30 minutes without interrupting the vehicle's operation. Mum's the word on the exact XPeng G9 price or release date, but rumor has it pegged at the equivalent of US$47,000-US$62,000, depending on the yet-unknown battery capacity and trim levels. That's as high as a Tesla Model Y, but XPeng has so far proven it can cram much more at the same price level. The XPeng G9 should be released on international markets in the last quarter of next year.
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