Xpeng Opens State-Of-The-Art Electric Vehicle Factory In Zhaoqing

Xpeng is growing up fast

Xpeng Motors, took a giant leap forward today with the opening of its own, state of the art manufacturing facility in Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province. The move solidifies Xpeng as a serious player in the electric vehicle industry in China.

It’s not easy to get your own automobile manufacturing license in China, and many startups choose instead to form partnerships with established car manufacturers and have them make the cars in their existing plants. NIO, for instance, has its cars made at state-owned, JAC Motor’s plant in Hefei, China.

The Zhaoqing Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park, a 3,000-acre plot in Guangdong Province officially opened today and was built out over a period of 15 months.

“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.” 

This manufacturing plant is unlike most others and is highly automated employing 264 intelligent industrial robots. Xpeng says the facility is operated by a 600-member professional team. Seventy-four percent of the engineers working there have greater than 5 years of engineering experience and seventy-eight percent came to Xpeng Motors after working for an existing automobile OEM. 

The Xpeng P7 will start rolling off the assembly line of the new factory soon