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Inside Xpeng Motors

A look at some of the technologies being deployed in a new factory building electric vehicles in Zhaoqing, Guandong Province
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The Zhoping Xpeng Motors Intelligent Industrial Park was 15 months in the making, and on May 19, 2020, the factory obtained the official production license from the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to put the Xpeng P7, an electric sedan, into production.

Xpeng P7

Xpeng P7 electric vehicle. (All images: Xpeng)

The vehicle production area for the manufacture of the EVs is 1 million square meters (going to 2 million) and consists of five workshops: Stamping, Welding, Painting, Final Assembly, and Battery Pack production.

The Industry 4.0-compliant plant staff includes 600 personnel. Of the engineers there, 74% have 5+ years’ experience and 78% joined from other OEMs.

He Xiaopeng, Chairman and CEO of Xpeng Motors, said, “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.”

Stamping

Xpeng stamping

Xpeng stamping
  • 100% automated
  • Features a 6,600-ton stamping line
  • Produces up to 12 pieces per minute
  • Parts produced with a precision of 0.1 mm

Welding

Xpeng welding
 
Xpeng welding
  • Equipped with 210 ABB industrial robots (there are a total of 264 robots throughout the manufacturing complex)
  • In addition to welding, gluing and aluminum plate riveting are performed
  • Vehicle bodies are steel and aluminum
  • Welding machines are adaptive to provide as much as 30% energy savings

Painting

 
Xpeng paint
 
Xpeng paint
  • Thin-film pretreatment and cathode electrophoretic tech reduces wastewater discharge, slag yield (down 94%), energy consumption (down 25%)
  • Zero heavy metal emissions
  • Uses BASF high-throwing powder coat and B1B2+2K water-based varnish, double-layer paint

Assembly

Xpeng Assembly
Xpeng Assembly
  • Highly automated with AGVs and robots
  • Digital system assures all fasteners have the proper torque

Battery Pack

Xpeng battery pack
Xpeng battery pack
  • AGV-based production line
  • Robotic assembly
  • Each battery pack undergoes 198 offline tests and 89 performance tests

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