XPeng Inc. (“XPeng” or the “Company”, NYSE: XPEV), a leading Chinese smart electric vehicle (“Smart EV”) company, announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary in China, Guangdong Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co., Ltd. (“Guangdong Xiaopeng”), entered into a cooperation agreement (“Cooperation Agreement”) with Guangzhou GET Investment Holdings Co., Ltd. (“Guangzhou GET Investment”), a wholly owned investment company of Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone.
According to the terms of the Cooperation Agreement, Guangzhou GET Investment agrees to provide RMB4 billion in financing to help fuel XPeng’s growth as well as support the construction of a new Smart EV manufacturing base (“Smart EV Manufacturing Base”) for XPeng in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone.
The Cooperation Agreement marks another milestone achievement in XPeng’s advancement of manufacturing expansion and puts the Company’s leadership position at the forefront of the Smart EV market. In addition to its wholly owned plant in Zhaoqing, Guangdong province, which has an annual production capacity of 100,000 units, XPeng’s new Smart EV Manufacturing Base in Guangzhou will significantly expand the Company’s production capacity and accelerate XPeng’s momentum to achieve its goals in innovation, technological advancement and growth.
“We are very excited to be selected as a key player in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone,” said He Xiaopeng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of XPeng. “With the strong support from the Guangzhou government, we are confident we will execute on our strategic growth initiatives and deliver the highest quality products and services to meet our customers’ needs.”
Under the Cooperation Agreement, Guangzhou GET Investment will invest up to RMB1.3 billion to construct the Smart EV Manufacturing Base according to design requirements and specifications to be provided by Guangdong Xiaopeng. The Smart EV Manufacturing Base is expected to commence production by December 2022, upon which Guangzhou GET Investment will lease it to an operating subsidiary of Guangdong Xiaopeng (the “Operating Subsidiary”) for a tenure of seven years. Upon the expiry of the lease, the Operating Subsidiary will acquire the Smart EV Manufacturing Base from Guangzhou GET Investment at costs incurred by Guangzhou GET Investment.
Pursuant to the Cooperation Agreement, Guangzhou GET Investment also agreed to provide or facilitate RMB1.2 billion in financing to the Operating Subsidiary for its purchase of manufacturing equipment in the form of fixed-return redeemable investment (with an annualized return of 4%) or long-term bank loans that Guangzhou GET Investment will help the Operating Subsidiary to secure with effective annual interest rates of no more than 4%, after subsidies that are expected to be made available by the local government.
The new Smart EV Manufacturing Base will provide a comprehensive range of facilities for R&D, manufacturing, vehicle testing, sales and other smart mobility functions.
In addition, Guangzhou GET Investment agreed to make investment of RMB1 billion in a PRC entity to be designated by Guangdong Xiaopeng by the end of March 2021. Guangzhou GET Investment also reserved previously approximately RMB0.5 billion for participation in securities offerings by XPeng, and approximately half of the amount is still available for additional investments in XPeng before the end of August 2022.