The P7 electric sports sedan by Xpeng Motors has completed its cold weather test and soon its production process is slated to kick off in China. The electric sports car was originally scheduled for an official launch in the market in the latter half of this year, but due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the timeline is likely to be postponed.
After presenting Xpeng G3 electric SUV in the market back in 2019, the P7 will be the second electric car to be made available in the market by Xpeng. The P7 will feature “Level 2.5” which is an autonomous driving setup. However, the P7 is going to deliver autonomy of level 3 with the help of in-built hardware.
Currently, the G3 electric SUV is delivering XPILOT 2.5 hardware by Xpeng as an option, while the rate of choosing this option is about 90% according to the Vice Chairman and President of XPeng, Brian Gu. “We are proud of the P7’s exceptional performance in the most testing winter conditions,” Jack Xu, Vice President of Xpeng Motors, said of the results.
“The test results are a credit to Xpeng’s engineers and the superior quality systems of the P7,” Xu added. The CATL prismatic battery cells’ latest generation is pack in P7 that has a capacity of 80.87kWh reaching NEDC driving range of 650+ km (RWD version) and 550+ km (4WD high-performance version) respectively.
Additionally, there is an advanced battery thermal management system in P7 that functions the low-temperature heating, high-temperature cooling, and insulation that helps to minimize the impact on mileage. High thermal conductivity materials are used in the battery to deliver efficient high heat exchange along with a large heat exchange surface area.
There are two-wheel configurations available in P7 electric cars such as all-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive, while in all-wheel-drive will provide a high performance. Furthermore, the all-wheel-drive version will add 120 kW (161 HP) front motor which drops the P7’s 0-62 time from 6.7 seconds (basic model) to 4.3 seconds for the AWD version, as per Xpeng.
The cost of the P7 electric sports car is expected to be $38,400 and $52,600. Being said that, it will be a rival model to Tesla Model 3 in the Chinese market. Meanwhile, have a look at the chart for its cold-weather test below: