Published on September 26, 2020 |
par Steve Hanley
September 26, 2020 by Steve Hanley
The Xpeng G3 is on its way to Norway. The first 100 cars were loaded onto a ship this week in China and the company says it looks forward to seeing them on Norwegian roads in November. Xpeng is a young automotive company, founded by He Xiaopeng in 2014, but has strong financial backing from Alibaba. It has sold more than 22,000 of its G3 vehicles in China since sales began at the end of 2018. Here is the video of the cars loaded on board.
The G3 is available with two batteries – a 66.5 kWh pack with 520 kilometers of range (NEDC) and a 50.5 kWh pack with 401 kilometers of range (NEDC). Both versions are equipped with a 145 kW electric motor driving the front wheels. These numbers should translate into a range of around 230 miles for the car with the larger battery and 180 miles for the car with the smaller battery in EPA testing, assuming the cars hit the US market. Xpeng has big export plans, but the current geopolitical situation between the United States and China could discourage the company from entering the U.S. market anytime soon.
The G3 is a middle-of-the-road car. It is elegant without innovating in the world of automotive design. It has adequate acceleration but nothing special at 8.5 seconds at 60 mph and an average top speed of around 106 mph. What has the advantage is a lower selling price than many competitors and an impressive amount of digital technology not found in cars costing much more.
In China, the G3 sells for between $ 21,000 and $ 29,000 after incentives. According to Xpeng, prices in Norway will start at NOK 358,000 (US $ 37,667). Norway does not use sales incentives as such. Instead, it exempts electric cars from a lot of fees that can add up to a third of the sticker price when buying a conventional car. By comparison, the Tesla Model 3 starts at NOK 384,900 ($ 43,721.74) and the Model Y will be significantly more expensive. Yes the Teslas will have faster acceleration and a bit longer range, but you get what you pay for and with the G3 Norwegians may find they can get what they need. And if they do, the car will come with digital goodies that rival those of Teslas in every way.
Zachary Shahan recently did an in-depth review of the G3 and said that it was essentially a supercomputer on wheels rather than a car with its computing power grafted on after the fact. If this reminds you of a certain electric car company in California, you are not alone. The G3 will be the first production car to use the Nvidia Xavier supercomputing platform, but it adds its own Xmart OS and XPILOT 2.5 Advanced Driver Assistance System on top of the Nvidia platform.
What really turns people on about Xpeng is its P7 sedan, which rivals the Tesla Model S in almost every department, including the lineup, but sells for about half the price. The G3 is a competent electric SUV with rugged technology at a good price. Marry the abilities of the P7 with the basic goodness of the G3 and Xpeng could have a world batsman on his hands.
Note: the author owns shares in Xpeng. Whether or not that means you should, too, is entirely up to you. CleanTechnica does not offer investment advice and if you pay attention to what we do with our money, you are a jerk.
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