Tesla’s throne appears to be increasingly at risk. The Californian manufacturer, in fact, sees its dominance in the electric car sector undermined both from a technological and a commercial point of view. The biggest dangers seem to come from China, where several car manufacturers are churning out more and more advanced full-electric models. Like it XPeng P5, eg.
Presented at the Shanghai Auto Show last spring, the XPeng P5 is a three-volume sedan characterized by an extremely refined aerodynamic profile (it has an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.223), so as to optimize mileage and fuel consumption. According to the tests carried out by the Chinese house, the XPeng P5 has a maximum range of 600 kilometers with single charge, although it must be said that these are tests based on the NEDC cycle. We are far from the autonomy records set by Lucid Air, but the real autonomy of the XPeng P5 will hardly fall below 500 kilometers.
The Chinese electric sedan is already on sale in China (and should soon arrive in Europe as well) with a really interesting price list. There cheaper version, equipped with a 55.9 kWh battery pack and a claimed range of 460 kilometers, costs just under $ 27,000. The top-of-the-range version, with a 71.4 kWh battery pack and a range of 600 kilometers, has a list price of just under $ 35,000. The power unit is capable of developing 208 horsepower and 310 Nm of torque. The maximum speed (electronically limited) is 175 kilometers per hour, while on the sprint from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour it records a time of 7.5 seconds.
Available in six different versions, the Chinese electric sedan is also expected to be marketed in Europe.
Coinciding with the P5, the Chinese carmaker, which has received several multi-million dollar grants over the past few months, has also unveiled its new autonomous driving system, which allows vehicles to move with sufficient naturalness and agility in city traffic. The X-PILOT 3.5 is based on the City NGP system (acronym for Navigation Guided Pilot) which, using two LiDARs, is able to respect traffic lights and road signs, recognize parked cars and pedestrians ready to cross and follow lanes even without the support of the vertical signage. All this in the chaotic traffic of a large Chinese city. In short, driving exams (without driver) passed with flying colors.