Just in time for the P7.

On May 18th, 2020, Xpeng Motors announced that it has secured a production license from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for its recently-built, wholly-owned manufacturing factory, the Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park, located in Guangdong Province.

This is big news for the EV startup and comes just before they plan to release their second offering, the P7 long-range sports sedan. Xpeng Motors currently sells only one vehicle, a compact SUV named the G3. 

Xpeng's new facility is located in Guangdong Province, which is where Xpeng Motors is based. The new ​​Zhaoqing plant has a total planned area of 3,000 acres, with vehicle production facilities covering 1,500 acres. Around 900 acres of the facility has already been developed during the first phase of construction.

“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.

Xpeng tells us the plant contains five unique workshops that cover the essential manufacturing functions, including stamping, welding, painting, assembly as well as battery pack production.

Xpeng Factory
Xpeng Motor's new factory

The Zhaoqing Plant is capable of manufacturing four different models and employs 264 state-of-the-art industrial robots. The facility also includes test tracks that have 18 different types of roads for onsite testing and validation of various braking and automatic safety systems. 

In China, it's common for automotive startups to partner with an existing manufacturer to use their license to make the startup's cars. Xpeng Motors has that arrangement with Haima Automobile, and currently makes the Xpeng G3 SUV at Haima's Zhengzhou manufacturing facility. 

NIO, another startup EV manufacturer in China, partnered with state-owned automaker JAC Motors so they could begin making their cars in 2018. NIO had planned to build their own manufacturing facility in Shanghai, but abandoned those plans in 2019 after struggling in their first year of operations. 

Gallery: Xpeng P7

This is really a great step forward for Xpeng. Having their own state of the art manufacturing facility and private testing grounds will not only allow them to operate more efficiently and effectively, but it will also signal to the Chinese consumer that they are a strong, independent brand.

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Xpeng Motors receives production license for its self-owned Zhaoqing factory

Customer deliveries of Xpeng P7 to start in 2Q

 

(Guangzhou, May 19, 2020) – Xpeng Motors, a leading electric vehicle and technology company, today announced that it has received the official production license from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for its new own-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, the company’s second production model, ensuring customer deliveries scheduled for 2Q 2020.

 

“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.

 

“Our success in completing the Zhaoqing plant and rolling out our new P7 smart sedan despite the COVID-19 related challenges is further validation of the strength and robustness of our organization,” He said. The company has secured a sufficient stock of essential parts to ensure smooth manufacturing despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park

 

Located in Guangdong Province, the home-base of Xpeng Motors, the new ​​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 to cover the essential smart manufacturing functions, including stamping, welding, painting, assembly, and battery pack production, as well as one battery assembly line and 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, delivering the promise of a digital smart factory.

 

Xpeng has accumulated extensive experience through the production of the G3 smart SUV at the Zhengzhou plant, a partnership with Haima Automobile. By bringing manufacturing in-house, Xpeng 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 concluded.

 

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About XPENG Motors

 

Xpeng Motors is a leading Chinese electric vehicle company that designs and manufactures automobiles that are seamlessly integrated with the Internet and utilize the latest advances in artificial intelligence. The company's initial backers include its Chairman & CEO, He Xiaopeng, who’s 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, 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. For more information, please visit the official website: https://en.xiaopeng.com/

 

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