Xpeng Motors, an electric vehicle and technology company, says that it has received the official production license from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for its newly-built, wholly-owned factory, the Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park in Guangdong Province.
The approval will accelerate the production of the “super-long range” sports sedan Xpeng P7, a pure EV, the company’s second production model, ensuring customer deliveries scheduled for 2Q 2020 at ~$32,400 – $49,200.
“The Zhaoqing manufacturing plant is an essential component of our vision to build a smart mobility ecosystem, from in-house R&D to smart manufacturing to customer services. Obtaining the production approval for the plant will hasten our progress in producing and delivering best-in-class products and services for our customers,” said He Xiaopeng, Chairman and CEO of Xpeng Motors, which also built the plant.
The company claims it has secured a sufficient stock of essential parts to ensure steady manufacturing despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Located in Guangdong Province, the home-base of Xpeng Motors, the Zhaoqing plant has a planned total area of 3,000 acres (2 million square meters), with vehicle production facilities covering some 1,500 acres (1 million square meters). Around 900 acres (600,000 square meters) of it has already been completed in the first phase.
After the foundation-laying in December 2017, the factory construction was completed in September 2019. Since then rigorous pre-production testing and small-scale trial production runs have verified the entire manufacturing process.
The Zhaoqing plant contains five workshops – stamping, welding, painting, assembly and battery pack production, as well as one battery assembly line. It is capable of manufacturing four different models. Serviced by 264 intelligent industrial robots, the Zhaoqing plant also incorporates dynamic test tracks covering 18 different types of test roads, and testing facilities for NVH, braking, vehicle seals and automatic parking systems.
The Zhaoqing plant is built in accordance with Industry 4.0 standards, with advanced MES manufacturing execution systems, Internet-of-Things technology, real-time production monitoring systems and a transparent manufacturing cycle, in other words – a digital smart factory.
Xpeng has accumulated experience through the production of the G3 smart SUV at the Zhengzhou plant, a partnership with Haima Automobile. By bringing manufacturing in-house, Xpeng says it is enhancing the autonomy, robustness, flexibility, cost-efficiency and intelligence of its vehicle production.
“The combination of end-to-end closed-loop R&D, smart manufacturing and quality customer services is our key differentiator. Today marks another milestone in Xpeng’s 6-year history, setting a solid foundation in pursuing our vision as a leader in the intelligent EV market,” Chairman He Xiaopeng concluded.
Xpeng Motors is a Chinese electric vehicle company that designs and manufactures automobiles that are integrated with the Internet and use artificial intelligence. The company’s initial backers include its Chairman & CEO, He Xiaopeng, who is also the co-founder of UCWeb Inc. and a former Alibaba executive.
Established in 2014, Xpeng Motors has a senior management team with diverse backgrounds, including Co-founders Henry Xia and He Tao, both former senior executives at Guangzhou Auto with expertise in innovative automotive technology and R&D (Guangzhou has been affiliated with Fiat, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, and Toyota), and Vice Chairman & President Brian Gu, former Chairman of Asia Pacific Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. It has received funding from strategic investors Alibaba Group and Xiaomi Corporation, as well as other prominent Chinese and international investors including IDG Capital, Morningside Venture Capital, GGV Capital and Primavera Capital.
The company launched its first production model, the G3 SUV, in Dec 2018, and will launch its second production model, the P7 electric sports sedan, in April 2020 with deliveries to Chinese customers in Q2 2020. Xpeng Motors is headquartered in Guangzhou, China with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Silicon Valley and San Diego in the U.S. and manufacture centers in Zhengzhou and Zhaoqing.