Xpeng Joins Forces with Alipay to Implement In-Car Payment Functions
On November 27, Xpeng Motors announced that they have signed a deal with Alipay to jointly develop in-car payment functions, which will be first implemented in Xpeng’s upcoming sports sedan model, the P7.
The new feature will enable in-car payments with Alipay for Xpeng’s battery-charging facilities, vehicle applications, and other use case scenarios.
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The new agreement is an extension of the partnership between Xpeng Motors and Alibaba, announced in September, to implement the Alibaba In-Car Mini App platform in the P7.
The Alipay in-car payment function will facilitate battery charging, covering both Xpeng’s own facilities and partnership charging piles. Other functions include purchases of data and music packages, vehicle violation inquiries; and Alibaba In-car Mini App applications, such as mobility, lifestyle, and infotainment services.
The P7 is Xpeng’s second production model and the four-door electric sedan premiered at the Auto Shanghai show in April 2019 while the company has received 15,431 P7 pre-orders. The new model is expected to be delivered to Chinese customers in the second quarter of 2020.