Guangzhou-based XPeng Motors introduced gross sales deliveries of two,223 automobiles in February 2021. In January and February 2021, mixed deliveries signify a pointy enhance of 577% yr over yr.
XPeng delivered a complete of two,223 automobiles in February, together with 1,409 P7, the corporate’s sports activities sedan, and 814 G3, its fashionable good compact SUV.
Whereas February noticed a rise in year-over-year shipments, it was decrease than January’s gross sales figures. That is typical in China and displays the anticipated seasonal drop in shipments as a result of weeklong Chinese language New Yr vacation slowdown.
Xpeng experiences that the corporate is seeing sturdy buyer demand as gross sales and supply actions have resumed after the vacations.
LFP batteries are coming
Xpeng has beforehand partnered with battery provider CATL to co-develop the NCM prismatic lithium battery cells they presently use and can proceed to supply the NCM pack to prospects who need longer runtime with the P7. It seems to be like electrical automobile start-up will quickly provide optionally available LFP (lithium iron phosphate) batteries, once more from CATL.
Many EV producers at the moment are turning to LFP batteries, because of provide constraints of nickel, which is required for fashionable NCM battery cells. LFP batteries have a decrease danger of thermal runaway, are likely to have an extended lifespan and are cheaper, however typically end in decrease runtime and are recognized to wrestle in chilly climate purposes.
Xpeng’s new LFP-powered variations will likely be out there for its G3 compact SUV, in addition to the rear-wheel-drive P7 sports activities sedan model. The P7 with the LFP battery will present an NEDC vary of 480 km (298 mi). That is considerably lower than the 706 km (438 mi) vary at which the longer-range model of the P7 with NCM batteries is rated.
The brand new model will lengthen the vary of vary of the XPeng P7 from 480 km to 706 km and provides prospects the choice of choosing the model that most closely fits their particular person wants.
There’s a vital variety of shoppers in China who primarily use their automobile for metropolis driving. Many purchasers usually drive round 15 miles per day and have a weekly vary of 120 miles to 175 miles, particularly in second- and third-tier cities.
Many Chinese language shoppers place a better worth on smarter in-car options resembling clever voice help, clever cockpit and navigation-assisted autonomous driving, and are keen to just accept a shorter vary than america. For that reason, Xpeng believes that the LFP battery choice would be the desired selection for a lot of of its prospects.
XPeng may even launch a brand new model G3 with batteries powered by LFP. Primarily based on the unique G3 460i model, the LFP model has low drag wheels and can provide the identical vary because the G3 with the NCM pack.
The launch of those new LFP variations will increase the vary of XPeng product choices, in addition to the value vary. Though Xpeng has not introduced a worth, it’s anticipated that the LFP variations will price a lot much less and assist meet completely different buyer demand in China’s huge and geographic variants.
The deliveries of the variations outfitted with LFP batteries are anticipated to begin within the second quarter of this yr.
NGP show from Xpeng
Xpeng Navigation Guided Driver Replace
Final month, we introduced that Xpeng launched its newest superior driver help system, Navigation Guided Pilot. Over the subsequent 25 days, the Navigation Guided Pilot (NGP) flew Xpeng P7 automobiles over 1 million kilometers (634,000 mi), demonstrating its sturdy attraction to homeowners.
To place this in perspective, it is:
- Greater than 25 occasions across the equator (40,000 km)
- Greater than 21 occasions on the longest motorway on the earth (48,000 km)
- Greater than 186 occasions throughout China from south to north (5,500 km)
- Over 197 occasions throughout China from east to west (5,200 km)
Extra details about NGP:
- The overall distance traveled by NGP in 25 days was 1,023,884 km (634,808 mi)
- A complete of 11,492 hours of NGP have been carried out within the first 25 days.
- Automated lane change and overtaking have been carried out 131,484 occasions in 25 days
We will likely be monitoring Xpeng gross sales to see if the LFP battery choices generate a rise in gross sales. We may even ask the automaker if they’re keen to share a gross sales breakdown by battery sort as soon as the LFP battery choices turn out to be out there. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see the share of shoppers who’re keen to surrender vital battery life on the P7 to economize.
It is unclear precisely why the vary of the G3 with LFP batteries stays the identical. The one factor we have been instructed is that the G3 with the brand new LFP batteries has extra environment friendly aero wheels, however we’re unsure that might be sufficient to compensate for the decrease power density of the LFP batteries.