Xpeng Motors Unveils its new Self Made Smart EV Factory in China

Xpeng Motors, a leading EV technology company, has revealed an exclusive inside view into its self-built wholly-owned factory in Guangdong Province of China

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Xpeng Motors, a leading electric vehicle (EV) and technology company, has revealed an exclusive inside view into its self-built wholly-owned factory in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province of China. The new factory – Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park, is the birthplace of the firms’ super-long range sports sedan Xpeng P7, which was built over a period of 15 months. On May 19, 2020, the factory received an official production license from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

“We are deeply proud of our achievement as a young company, in building our own wholly-owned smart manufacture base at Zhaoqing,” said He Xiaopeng, Chairman and CEO of Xpeng Motors.

“Xpeng is now the only new smart EV maker in China that has both self-owned and contracted plants. We are a firm believer that manufacturing is the foundation of smart cars. Only when you build solid powertrain and vehicle hardware, can you differentiate with data operation, autonomous driving and connectivity software,” he added.

Spanning a planned area of 3,000 acres (2 million square metres), it has five cutting-edge workshops including stamping, welding, painting, final assembly, and battery pack production. The factory is run by a 600-member professional team. 74 percent of the engineers are with 5+ year working experience with 78 percent joined from leading OEMs.

The battery pack workshop utilises an AGV flexible production line, combining high-precision visual systems and robots to execute intelligent operations. The intelligent end-of-line testing system conducts comprehensive testing – including 198 offline tests and 89 battery performance tests – for every battery pack, including insulation, SOC performance and BMS function to ensure that every battery pack meets the industry-leading IP68 sealing protection requirements.

The firms’ long range EV – the Xpeng P7 will go through 18 rigorous quality control procedures in the factory. Each vehicle will also go through over 1,700 dynamic and static tests, and 18 simulated road condition tests for control, braking, comfort, sealing, and abnormal sound to guarantee its quality.

“This not only gives us optimal insight into and control over our production process, but it also demonstrates our capabilities in successfully managing our supply chain and executing major projects. This is a great base for future development in intelligent vehicle design and manufacture,” He concluded.

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