Xpeng Motors launches the P5 sedan at an occasion in Guangzhou, China on April 14, 2021. The P5 is Xpeng’s third manufacturing mannequin and options so-called Lidar expertise.
Arjun Kharpal | CNBC
Xpeng has began taking pre-orders on its mass market P5 electrical sedan in 4 European nations because the Chinese language rival to Tesla continues its aggressive worldwide enlargement.
The P5, which was first revealed almost a 12 months in the past in China, will be reserved by clients in Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden from Thursday, by way of Xpeng’s cell app and web site.
Xpeng has been pushing into Europe over the past 12 months. In August, it started shipments of its flagship P7 sedan to Norway, its first worldwide market.
Final month, the Guangzhou-headquartered firm opened its first self-operated retailer exterior of China within the Swedish capital of Stockholm. On Thursday, Xpeng mentioned it plans to open one other retailer within the Netherlands.
The European model of the P5 is barely totally different to the one launched in China. Firstly, it is going to be geared up with Xpilot 2.5, Xpeng’s superior driver-assistance system, or ADAS. This refers to a driving software program system with some autonomous options however the place a driver continues to be required. Xpilot 2.5 is a barely older model of the software program than what the corporate is rolling out to clients in China this 12 months.
Xpeng’s European P5 may even not have Lidar expertise, which stands for Mild Detection and Ranging. Lidar methods may also help a automotive measure distance and create a 3 dimensional illustration of the car’s environment. Lidar is a key expertise behind extra superior autonomous options. Nonetheless, Xpilot 2.5 doesn’t require Lidar to work.
Xpeng has tried to distinguish from its rivals by specializing in in-house developed autonomous driving options and different expertise. It’s hoping these options will probably be engaging to European customers because the shift towards electrical autos continues and competitors ramps up.