Xpeng Motors is not totally new to the EV game. In fact, the company has offered up a string of good news these past few months. As of last fall, for example, the Chinese automaker said it had already delivered over 12,000 units of its first model, the all-electric G3 SUV. In November, the company announced that it had received $400 million in Series C capital funding. But the auto industry is not known for sitting still, which is why the upcoming release of the P7 sedan is an important next step for the start-up automaker.
- The start-up automaker is working hard to ensure that its second all-electric model, the P7 sedan, performs the way it looks.
- For cold-weather tests, Xpeng engineers took the car to northern China and drove it on an icy test track in minus-40-degree weather.
So, for people who want more companies building more zero-emission vehicles in the world, here’s the good news: The P7 is undergoing challenging winter testing to make sure it behaves safely and correctly in the snow.
Xpeng said it has tested the P7 at the Red River Valley Automotive Test Center in Heilongjiang Province in northern China in February, when the temperature was minus-40 degrees (Celsius/Fahrenheit). On the curvy, icy track, Xpeng says the P7 managed “perfect cornering” at 35 km/h (22 mph) and “perfect turns” at 55 km/h (34 mph). Exactly what defines perfect here was not released, but at least you can see the car in action in the video below.
Xpeng P7 electric sedan winter testing. (Photo: Xpeng)
Xpeng extracted this performance out of the P7 by employing a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive system that can direct all of the torque entirely from the front wheels to the rear ones, all the way from zero to 100 percent at each axle. Xpeng says the two motors “provide sufficient torque and power under different conditions to achieve all-weather traction control.”
Xpeng engineers also tested the cold-weather charging capabilities of the car’s 80.87-kWh prismatic battery pack.
WHY THIS MATTERS
XPeng has been a bit vague about its intentions to sell vehicles in the U.S., but even if it only focuses on Asia, buyers will want to know that its EVs are reliable no matter what the weather is like. Putting a newly developed car through its paces in tough conditions like this is a good way to prove to buyers that they will get what they paid for.