The MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) of the Chinese government just released the 339th batch of “Road Motor Vehicle Manufacturers and Products Announcement”.
We already have a draft with some information to discuss, but the final document will be released on December 15. Only then I can update the article with more details.
Now let’s see the information available on this already released draft.
- BEV: 168 models from 86 companies
- PHEV: 22 models from 14 companies
- FCEV: 27 models from X companies
- Total: 217 models from 102 companies
The most interesting electric car in this publication is definitely the Xpeng G3, now homologated with a cobalt-free LFP battery made by CATL.
Xpeng G3 specs (LFP version)
- Length: 4.450 mm
- Wheelbase: 2.625 mm
- Width: 1.820 mm
- Height: 1.610 mm or 1.678 mm (with optional roof camera)
- Total weight: 2.040 kg
- Curb weight: 1.657 kg
- Motor: 68 kW (rated) and 145 kW (peak)
- Maximum speed: 170 km/h
- Tire specifications: 215/55 R17
Unfortunately, range and battery capacity in this LFP version aren’t known yet, but I’ll update the article when I have more information.
Remember that the Xpeng G3 is already on sale in Norway with a 66 kWh NCM 811 battery from CATL, a WLTP range of 451 km and a starting price of 358.000 NOK (33.759 euros).
Anyway, I really like the sleek design of the Xpeng G3 and now with a LFP battery it’ll be a serious alternative to Tesla electric cars. If the Xpeng G3 and the BYD Han EV start arriving to Europe in high numbers, Tesla suddenly gets tough competition.
Nowadays I don’t even bother much with announcements of electric cars that still have cobalt in their batteries, since they won’t be produced in high numbers. If you want to know how serious an automaker is about electric cars, check the battery technology they use.