Chinese automaker Xpeng launches its new all-electric P5 sedan vehicle in Scandinavia. It features a 66 kWh battery pack driving a single electric motor with 211 hp and 228 lb-ft (310 Nm) of torque. The company quotes a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 7.5 seconds but, more importantly, says the P5 has a driving range of 465 km (289 miles) on the WLTP cycle.
The P5 is the Chinese automaker’s third production model and prices start at CNY 157,900 (EUR 20,825) and go up to CNY 223,900 (EUR 29,530). It’s a threat to Tesla’s locally manufactured Model 3, which costs CNY 251,740 (EUR 33,201) before subsidies/CNY 235,900 (EUR 31,112) after subsidies in the base configuration.
In October 2021, Xpeng Motors gave thrust to its overseas operations, launching the P7 in Norway, its first overseas market, where it was riding on its sole offering, the G3. The company has now entered Sweden and Netherlands to boost exports, with the first retail outlet operational in both markets from March 2022.
In Denmark, buyers will need to part ways with 390,000 DKK ($56,823) for the EV while those in the Netherlands will pay €48,000 ($52,033), customers in Norway will be charged 380,000 NOK ($42,717), and in Sweden, the P5 will start at 550,000 SEK ($57,825).
He Xiaopeng, co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Xpeng, has said that the brand’s global journey begins from Europe. It is partnering with the most prominent local players to boost energy conservation and electrification in European countries.
Insiders say that the P5 is the brand’s testbed to understand the customer preference for a family car with higher levels of intelligence. “The P5 brings some of the most advanced driver assistance systems to China’s middle-class”, He Xiaopeng said at the launch.
All P5 models to be sold in Europe come standard with Xpeng’s XPILOT 2.5 advanced driver assistance system that features five high-definition millimeter-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic wave sensors, four driving cameras, and nine high-perception cameras to support the XPILOT Driving, XPILOT Parking, and XPILOT Safety features. The system also includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centering Control, Adaptive Turning Cruise, and Active Lane Change.
Chinese Automaker Launches New Electric Vehicle in Scandinavia, written by Tor Kjolberg
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