On March 21, Chinese electric car startup Xiaopeng Motors, also known as XPENG, successfully passed its first batch of production model vehicle (1.0) reviews conducted by the Fangcun branch of Guangzhou Traffic Police Detachment’s vehicle management department, obtaining the first specialized license plate for new energy vehicles. XPENG has completed the entire process of automotive design, research and development, manufacturing, delivery and licensing.
XPENG’s 1.0 production model received product qualification in July 2017 from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. On Oct. 12 2017, XPENG assembled its first batch of cars and delivered them to internal staff. These cars were not sold on the market. Up to now, the 1.0 model has been delivered to nearly 200 employees and have completed nearly five million kilometers, or three million miles, in testing mileage. The 1.0 models were tested in Heihe, Heilongjiang province; Turpan, Xinjiang province; and Golmud, Qinghai province for nearly 10,000 hours.
“The license plate issuance is a critical event for XPENG. The license plate review is a comprehensive assessment of the system capability of the vehicle manufacturer,” said Xiaopeng He, thefounder of XPENG.
Kengkun Li, who comes from South Korea, is a performance integration engineer of XPENG Automobile Technology Center. He was the first XPENG 1.0 vehicle owner with the specialized license plate. XPENG will be publicly listed and deliver its first market-oriented mass-produced model, the G3, this year.
Based on the 1.0 mass-produced model, the G3 will have more mature manufacturing and supply chain. The G3 is equipped with a roof camera and spacious cabin. Its cockpit will feature a standard 12.3-inch full LCD screen and 15.6-inch touch control panel, which integrates functions such as online music, map navigation, real-time weather and vehicle control. The driver can also control all functions through its voice recognition system. In addition, the G3 will be equipped with autonomous driving hardware, 25 smart sensors for localized autonomous driving, and autonomous parking capabilities.