On Sunday, XPeng revealed its new platform architecture for making vehicles that will set the foundation for future production models and hopes to reduce the cost of development and manufacturing.
The Smart Electric Platform Architecture (SEPA) 2.0 is aiming to shorten the R&D cycle for future models by 20%, as well as cut costs on adaptations for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and smart infotainment systems by 70% and 85%.
The modular, interchangeable vehicle platform will support a range of vehicle types, like XPeng’s upcoming G6 coupe SUV. This will debut at the Shanghai Autoshow.
The all-new G6 will be the first vehicle on the SEPA 2.0 platform. The G9 SUV, which hit the Chinese market last September, starts at 309,900 RMB (~$45,000 USD). XPeng’s P5 sedan starts at around 160,000 RMB (~$25,000 USD).
XPeng has not revealed any pricing yet for the G6 so it’s not clear what sort of prices the automaker will be targeting with SEPA 2.0.
In the first quarter of the year, XPeng delivered 18,230 EVs. The company hopes its new P7i sports sedan, the new G6 and a yet-to-be-unveiled 7-seat multi-purpose vehicle will help boost sales this year.