Industrial Electric Vehicle Parks The New Craze In China

MAY 26 2017 BY MARK KANE 6

Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group) has announced a huge new industrial park to be built in Guangzhou’s Panyu district in China’s southern Guangdong province.

Yu Jun, General Manager of GAC Motor, presenting GAC Motor’s global branding strategy

GAC Group (the parent company of GAC Motor) intends to invest a stunning $6.5 billion.

Recently, BYD also announced plan of an industrial park in Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Some $679 million alone will be spent on the new electric vehicle plant, that should be ready by the end of 2018, and have a production capacity of 200,000 cars annually.

The company’s first all-electric car, the GE3 (details) was unveiled by the GAC Motor earlier this year at NAIAS, while two plug-in hybrids GA3S PHEV sedan and GS4 PHEV SUV at the Auto Shanghai 2017 in April.

GAC Motor intends to launch at least 7 new cars (BEV, PHEV and HEV) in the next five years.


“Located in Guangzhou’s Panyu district in China’s southern Guangdong province, the industrial park has a planned area of 5 square kilometers. More than 45 billion yuan (US$6.5 billion) of investment, from both GAC Group and other enterprises that will locate there, are expected to be poured into the project. The new electric vehicle plant, part of the industrial park, is expected to be completed by the end of 2018 with a total investment of 4.69 billion yuan (US$679 million). which will provide GAC Motor with a production capacity of 200,000 units per year.

With a focus on smart manufacturing, innovative technologies and the development of an environmentally-friendly town, the industrial park’s aim is to become a collaborative, intelligent, open, innovative, and green center of manufacturing for electric and intelligent vehicles. It is also plays a significant role in pushing forward GAC Motor’s global branding strategy.”

“With the aim of becoming a world-class brand with globalized research, production and sales, GAC Motor has signed strategic partnership agreements with the world’s top 10 auto suppliers, including Aisin Seiki, Michelin, Continental and Faurecia during Auto Shanghai. The cooperation in product development, quality control, production supply and market expansion provides the strong support for GAC Motor to make the best quality automobiles.

GAC Motor is also commencing talent recruitment, gathering global top talents and experts in Silicon Valley, Detroit and Boston to conduct advanced research and development to create innovative future mobility.”

Yu Jun, General Manager of GAC Motor said:

“The planning and construction of this industrial park is a concrete step to implement the Chinese government’s green development goals for Guangdong and the national ‘Made in China 2025′ strategy. The move will help promote the development of the automobile industry and drive economic growth.”

“In the coming five years, we will push out at least seven new electric vehicle models and cover three product series including pure electric, range-extending and hybrid. Our goal is for GAC Motor to take the lead in the EV business and achieve sales of 20,000 electric vehicles by 2020.”

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Their copycatting of the Gigafactory roof shape with truncated corners and solar roof kind of makes me go GACK!, but heck, the sooner China greens up and creates a vibrant domestic economy, the sooner their wages will rise and the flood of cheap goods that drown other producers worldwide will ebb.

This pretty picture has NO relationship to anything they would actually build. No hi-rise office buildings, no residential areas, no re-routed scenic river…

The actual industrial park would just be a set of rectangular warehouse-like buildings big enough to build batteries / cars in.

I really doubt that the flood of cheap goods will ebb. You know all the machinery to produce those goods are mostly paid for, and even if average wages rise there will for a long time still be a large enough low income population which will keep the machines running. A brief look into history tells me that those goods are quite likely to become even cheaper. By accident I stumbled into a job in a factory where they use ancient machinery and pay minimum wage. And that’s in Germany. For China I have the vague feeling that they will push really hard to automate whatever they can, once wages rise painstakingly. In fact I am quite happy that the Chinese are flooding the world with cheap solar panels. If they can achieve the same thing with EVs that would be great. I would not be a least bit surprised if by 2020 China will be the largest producer of green tech. Electric busses, trucks, cars, solar, storage. European and American companies will suffer, but maybe that’s just the way it goes. In fact I see quite a lot of resistance in European and American countries when it comes to… Read more »

mostly right until that last part. China intended to continue flooding other nations with goods from them. That is why their RBI is all about. Sadly, there are nations dumb enough to take the money from china, which is how they force those nations to give them ports and allow their military in.

Public and private sectors work together in other countries, Republicans call that socialism and communism.

Well, republican in particular, have a habit of calling name to everything they don’t understand, and this mean a lot of thing.
Problem is, calling name doesn’t change the object, and neither will the actual POTUS.