The rising price of 95 RON gasoline in China sparked extensive online discussion on Tuesday, including comments posted to Weibo by XPeng Motors CEO He Xiaopeng. He said that for EV users, the greatest concerns are the efficiency and convenience of vehicle charging. He also said that in the second half of the year, XPeng would start laying out a new generation of superchargers, which are four times faster than the “superchargers” currently seen on the market, and can charge car batteries from 10% to 80% in just 12 minutes.
As early as April 26 last year, He Xiaopeng said that XPeng’s super-charging stations were the most extensive among China’s car-making enterprises in terms of self-operated ratio, which now total 169. A total of 954 of XPeng’s self-owned charging network are available, covering all municipalities and prefecture-level administrative regions in China, including 774 of XPeng’s self-owned supercharging stations.
Earlier this month, XPeng released a new second-generation home charger. The charger supports 4G remote control, automatic OTA upgrade and many other functions. It is available in both 7kW and 11kW versions. The price of the 7kW version installation service package is 5,000 yuan ($744), while the 11kW version installation service package is 7,000 yuan ($1,041), also supporting a variety of customized installation solutions.
Moreover, in terms of product compatibility, the new home charger can authorize other users to share the home charger pile through a private pile sharing function, and supports all electric vehicles that comply with the national standard AC interface.
New energy vehicles are developing rapidly, occupying an increasingly high share of the Chinese passenger car market. According to the automobile production and sales data released by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), the production and sales of new energy vehicle were 312,000 and 299,000 respectively in April, up by 43.9% and 44.6% respectively year-on-year, and the market penetration rate reached 25.3% that month.