Chinese electric car company Xpeng is in fact getting closer to what Tesla offers in the world. As we have seen, despite the controversies between the brands, the Xpeng P7 car will offer what Tesla offers, but with more interesting prices. One point that was “debatable”, when presenting its characteristics, was that of autonomy. But the first tests are surprising.
This will be an interesting fight to witness in the near future, given that the direct target of this brand is Tesla and, it seems, trumps are not lacking.
Electric Xpeng P7 surprises to get close to 580 km of autonomy
As it was made known, the vehicle, in the presentation made to the world, in terms of autonomy presented the value of 706 km in the NEDC cycle. However, based on the much stricter cycle, the EPA, this only seized a value of 494 km. So now with the car in testing, the actual value achieved was much more, stopped with the battery dry in the 574 km.
What is the reason for such a big difference between the announced and the achieved? The cycles are different. This question is often asked as Chinese electric cars report their autonomy in the NEDC cycle. As we know, the NEDC cycle is old and unreliable, but it was used in Europe until recently. As mentioned, in this cycle the range numbers are surprising, to the point that the Xpeng P7 achieves 706 kilometers with a battery of 80.9 kWh.
So here the two of the two, either the car is very efficient, or the homologation cycle remains a disaster.
Use NEDC or use EPA
As a cloud of suspicion hung over what was announced in one cycle and another, Xpeng wanted to show in a more transparent way the real capabilities of its P7. As such the company has published a list of the vehicle test results now that the first real road tests begin to appear.
According to the results, the RWD Super-Long Range version, with 670 kilometers of NEDC range, according to the manufacturer, would have reached 85% of the values obtained under this homologation format. This means that in real terms the value of autonomy was between 566 and 574 kilometers in the EPA cycle.
Interestingly, the tests have been carried out in different environments, city and highway, being the best brands that have the most presence on the highway.
As we can see in the image published by Xpeng, there was a means of communication, which was testing the car, which achieved the greatest autonomy. The publication Laosiji.com, which on a route of 70% per city and 30% by motorway, managed to reach 574 kilometers with a single load. On the other hand, another page, with a 100% movement in urban areas, remained at 566 kilometres.
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Elements that can make a difference in electrics
Of course, when talking about electric car tests, several parameters have to be analysed that make all the difference in vehicle performance. Room temperature, for example, is very important.
Thus, some parameters may have been missing, such as the average speed or the external temperature. While the first test had an ideal external temperature, between 18 and 23 degrees, the latter had to be completed with the thermometer reaching 35 degrees Centigrade.
These data would indicate that, during the tests, the Xpeng P7 would have had an average consumption between 15 and 16 kWh for 100 kilometres. If confirmed, this would indicate that we are looking at an extremely efficient model, as we are talking about a 4.88 metre long car.
Therefore, to consider these conditions, adding a very interesting design, the brand will have a big market ahead. We must not forget that at the level of technology, the P7 challenges even the most modern of Teslas. In fact, Elon Musk’s company accused Xpeng of stealing state-of-the-art technology like the one that supports Autopilot. Then the car has what a car should have.
What about the price?
It is a great asset for the brand and where it can be decisive in certain markets, such as the Chinese market, in the face of what the American rival achieves. The most affordable version starts at 34,700, while the top of the range goes up to 47,500 euros.
Moreover, as is well known, these figures are very attractive thanks to the generous subsidies granted by the Chinese Government to electric cars.
The company doesn’t just want to stay for the Chinese market. As is known, the brand has already launched out of doors, as is the case of Norway, the SUV G3. Even with taxes and other associated costs, vehicles remain very competitive.