The Chinese electric car manufacturer Xpeng has presented its fourth model after the G3, P7 and P5. Promoted as a “smart SUV flagship”, the station wagon-like electric car is the first Xpeng model designed from the outset for international markets.
The Xpeng G9 uses the manufacturer’s recently announced 800-volt e-car platform with silicon carbide technology. Xpeng is not yet giving detailed information on the drive system or when it will be launched on the market.
The system that the company calls ‘XPower 3.0’, is designed for very high charging powers of up to 480 kW (600 amps at 800 volts). This should make it possible to recharge up to 200 kilometers in just five minutes.
Xpeng had already mentioned this statement at the presentation of the 800-volt platform in October and has now repeated it in the announcement for the G9.
In order to be able to exploit the properties of the 800-volt SiC platform, Xpeng also wants to bring corresponding fast-charging columns onto the market. These will be able to deliver up to 670 amps and meet the IP67 protection class.
In its official press release Xpeng is also highlighting the software and driving assistance for the G9. The P5, which was presented in April, is the first series model with lidar sensors and has Xpilot version 2.5 or 3.0, depending on the equipment. The G9 will be equipped with the XPilot as well.
The Xpilot 4.0 is to be the first system “to enable intelligent driving in all scenarios from vehicle start to parking”. The hardware comes with 508 TOPS of processing power, a front camera with eight million pixels and four cameras with 2.9 million pixels. Xpeng has not yet made mention of the kind of array of lidar sensors that have been installed in the P5.