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The Chinese XPeng P7

When Chinese auto executives Heng Xia and Tao He met with tech billionaire Xiaopeng, the Tesla Model S was two years old. He founded the electric vehicle manufacturer XPeng in 2014. Five years later, at the 2019 Shanghai Show, Guangzhou-based XPeng unveiled the P7 EV sedan, its homegrown Model S rival.

The latest XPeng P7 is one of three EVs on the market in China, all of which are built on the automaker’s own platforms and feature its own end-to-end software architecture. The P7 is already available in Norway, and XPeng intends to introduce the sedan in Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands in the second quarter of 2023.

A fourth XPeng model, the G9, a midsize SUV with a fast-charging 800-volt electrical architecture and a Lidar-supported autonomous drive system, will go on sale in China this fall.

Xpeng X7 Power, Range, And A Porsche Co-Developed Platform

The XPeng P7 is built on a custom EV platform known internally as “Edward,” which was developed in collaboration with Porsche. It’s a standard skateboard with multi-link suspension front and back and an 80 kWh battery pack between the axles. Brembo brakes are mounted behind the standard 19-inch alloy wheels, which are wrapped in 245/45 Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires.

The P7 RWD Long Range is powered by a single rear-mounted e-motor that produces 263 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque. The addition of a 161-hp e-motor that drives the front wheels gives our tester, the P7 4WD High Performance, a total system output of 424 hp and 483 lb-ft.

The P7 is 5.6 inches shorter overall than the Model S, but it has a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase. The XPeng is also slightly narrower and taller than the Tesla, and it’s relatively light for an EV of its class—XPeng claims the single motor RWD Long Range weighs 4,380 pounds, while the dual motor 4WD High Performance weighs 4,623 pounds. That’s nearly 200 pounds lighter than a dual-motor Model S.

The RWD Long Range has a WLTP range of up to 329 miles and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than 6.9 seconds, according to XPeng. The 4WD High Performance has a claimed WLTP range of up to 292 miles and a claimed 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than 4.5 seconds. (Note: On average, the EPA range is 20-30% lower than the WLTP quoted figure.) According to Xpeng, the P7’s 80 kWh battery pack can accept up to 90 kilowatts on a DC fast charge, allowing it to charge from 5% to 80% in about 51 minutes.