This means XPeng could see 480 vehicles roll off the line every 12 hours, corresponding to an annual capacity of about 175,200 vehicles on single shift.
XPeng Motors revamped its production line during the Chinese New Year holiday earlier this month, and the upgrades are now complete.
XPeng's factory has switched to "performance" mode, seeing an average of one car roll off the line every 90 seconds, the company said yesterday.
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XPeng's three models - the P7 and P5 sedans, and the G3i SUV - are currently being produced at its plant in Zhaoqing, Guangdong province, and the company did not provide updated capacity figures.
But the figures it released yesterday imply that it could see 480 vehicles roll off the line every 12 hours, corresponding to an annual capacity of about 175,200 vehicles under a single shift.
The XPeng Zhaoqing site previously had a standard annual capacity of 100,000 vehicles, and an expansion project began at the end of August last year.
After the project reaches production, it will be able to have an annual capacity of 200,000 units, XPeng co-founder and president Henry Xia said at the time, adding, "We will introduce several new, more competitive products."
It is unclear if and when the expansion project will be completed.
In announcing January delivery figures on February 1, XPeng said it would carry out a technical renovation of its Zhaoqing site during the Chinese New Year shutdown from late January to early February, saying it was based on continued climbing orders on hand and full-year growth expectations.
After the renovation is completed, the large on-hand order book carried into 2022 is expected to accelerate delivery, XPeng said.
In addition to the Zhaoqing plant, in September 2020, XPeng began construction of a second plant in Guangzhou with a planned annual capacity of 100,000 units and is expected to be in production by the end of 2022.
In July 2021, XPeng began construction of a plant in Wuhan with a planned annual capacity of 100,000 units. There is no timetable yet for when the plant will be put into production.
XPeng said in a release last night that its three models are currently able to be produced using a common production line that can be intelligently scheduled based on the number of sales orders to allow for early delivery to customers.
XPeng uses intelligent workstations for 24/7 production, with high-performance industrial robots that work year-round, it said.
The company also operates its production lines to Industry 4.0 standards, with every production process clearly visible to avoid quality risks at the source of production, it said.
The company has over 300 quality reviews as well as a 30,000-square-meter dynamic test track for high-quality production, XPeng said.
After a series of production line renovations and upgrades, XPeng's Zhaoqing base is already in a fuller state for the new year's production work, it said.
Interestingly, multiple messages below the Weibo blog post where XPeng shared this content expressed dissatisfaction with the company's slow deliveries.
"When will the 460 version of the P5 be delivered? Since you can produce a car in 90 seconds," asked one Weibo user.
Earlier this week, XPeng had already apologized for the delayed delivery of the 460 version of the XPeng P5 sedan.