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Just days after officially launching its G9 SUV, XPeng Motors has completely revamped the naming system of its trims, offering two new versions and different prices. The Chinese automaker has cited tremendous customer demand as the reason for the changes, but the overhaul also addresses confusion surrounding which G9 configuration delivered which standard features. Here are the changes.

Earlier this week, XPeng Motors officially launched its much anticipated G9 SUV in China, sharing available trims and their prices for the first time publicly. We covered the details of the brand new G9 thoroughly, including XPeng’s claim it will arrive as the “world’s fastest charging EV.”

Our report also included details of XPeng’s second-generation ADAS, called XNGP, debuting on the G9 SUV to include driver assistance through busy city environments. Originally, the trims were separated by a series of numbers and one of the five letters in “XPeng” e.g. the 570G or 650X.

Now, XPeng Motors has suddenly done a complete overhaul of available G9 trims, the nomenclature of said trims, and their prices, citing customer demand for specific standard features. To begin, here’s how the original prices revealed by XPeng on Wednesday compare to the new pricing announced today.

Original G9 Trims Price Revised G9 Trims Price
570G 309,900 RMB ($43,962) 570 Plus 309,900 RMB ($43,962)
570E 329,900 RMB ($46,800) 570 Pro 329,900 RMB ($46,800)
702E 349,900 RMB ($49,638) 570 Max 349,900 RMB ($49,638)
650E Performance 399,900 RMB ($56,730) 702 Pro 349,900 RMB ($49,638)
650X Performance 449,900 RMB ($63,825) 702 Max 369,900 RMB ($51,891)
650X Launch Edition 469,900 RMB ($66,662) 650 Performance Pro 399,900 RMB ($56,730)
N/A N/A 650 Performance Max 419,900 RMB ($58,905)
N/A N/A 650 Launch Edition 469,900 RMB ($66,662)

As you can see above, XPeng Motors has abandoned its single letter naming system for trims of the G9 SUV in favor of nomenclature that more closely resembles Apple products. That said, the numbers in each trim still represent the CLTC range in km. The company shared the following reasoning behind the sudden change:

These adjustments reflect the Company’s commitment to customer experience, and the high demand for certain specifications of the G9, particularly the optional spec packages of cutting-edge technologies. 

In our talks with XPeng, we learned that while early demand for the G9 was quite positive in China, many customers were confused about which trim configuration would give them the performance and advanced features they desired as standard.

To alleviate this issue, XPeng introduced the new naming system, which includes two additional versions of the G9 SUV and adjusted prices. As for standard features, here’s how the trims of the G9 now differentiate:

XPeng G9 prices
Source: XPeng Motors

All versions of the upcoming G9 will come with XPeng’s first generation XPILOT ADAS standard, but if drivers want the second generation XNGP which will eventually include City NGP driving, they will need to purchase one of the Max or Launch Edition trims.

Despite the change, the G9 remains on schedule for first deliveries in China in October, followed by deliveries to Europe sometime in 2023 after production in its homeland successfully ramps up.

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An oil pumpjack is shown near the Callon Petroleum vicinity on March 27, 2024 in Monahans, Texas. 

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The International Energy Agency on Friday downgraded its forecast for 2024 oil demand growth, citing “exceptionally weak” OECD deliveries, a largely complete post-Covid-19 rebound and an expanding electric vehicle fleet.

In its latest monthly oil market report, the IEA said it had revised down its 2024 oil demand growth forecast by around 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 1.2 million bpd.

The global energy watchdog said that it expected the pace of expansion to decelerate even further to 1.1 million bpd next year “as the post-Covid 19 rebound has run its course.”

The IEA’s report comes amid a rebound in oil prices on elevated Middle East tensions, with energy market participants closely monitoring the prospect of supply disruptions from the oil-producing region.

Iran, which is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, has vowed to retaliate after it accused Israel of bombing its embassy in the Syrian capital of Damascus earlier this month.

The attack has ratcheted up tensions in a region already grappling with the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack.

International benchmark Brent crude futures with June delivery traded 0.8% higher at $90.45 per barrel on Friday at 9:30 a.m. in London, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures with May delivery rose nearly 1% to trade at $85.84 per barrel.

“We’re seeing the surge in [electric vehicle] sales, especially in China and also in Europe, really taking into gasoline demand, but also in the United States,” Toril Bosoni, head of oil industry and markets division at the IEA, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” on Friday.

“There has been a lot of talk about sales not increasing as much as maybe was expected, but EV sales and increased fuel efficiencies in the car fleet is lowering gasoline demand, at least in advanced economies and particularly in China.”

Asked about some of the main concerns relating to oil supply security, Bosoni replied, “We are watching, obviously, the Middle East very closely. The continued tanker attacks in the Red Sea is of key concern, but also escalating tensions between Iran and Israel, and then we’re seeing tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue, with attacks on Russian refineries.”

“So, there are several tension points in the oil market today that we’re watching very closely that could have major impacts … if there would be any significant outages,” she added.

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Tesla has unveiled new Sport Seats for the Model S Plaid to absorb the electric supercar’s insane power better.

While it’s in the form of a family sedan, the Model S Plaid could easily pass as an electric supercar with its 1.99-second 0 to 60 mph acceleration.

That’s more power than anyone would need, but it is fun.

Some Model S Plaid owners even like to take the fun to the racetrack. When cornering, you can really feel the Gs on the racetrack.

Tesla’s Model S seats are comfortable, but they are not designed for super-spirited driving, which the rest of the vehicle enables.

Today, Tesla decided to address the issue with the release of new Sports Seats:

They obviously feature much more pronounced side support. Here are the main features of the seats:

  • Increased lateral support
  • Modular seat architecture for comfort & support, plus same 12-way power adjust, heating & ventilation
  • High performance suede for increased grip & reduced weight

Here’s another look at the new seats:

The seats are now standard for the $90,000 Model S Plaid and included on all cars built since the beginning of the month.

Electrek’s Take

We had known new sports seats were coming to the new Model 3 Performance, which is expected to be unveiled any day, but it makes sense that the Model S Plaid would get them first.

The vehicle’s level of performance deserves sports seats.

I am surprised that Tesla is making it standard rather than a paid option, but we’ll take it.

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Electric cars are saving Americans billions — even people who don’t drive them

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