The battery cell manufacturer CATL and the state-owned Chinese car manufacturer FAW have founded a joint venture for the development, production and sale of lithium-ion batteries. It has a starting capital of two billion yuan (approx. 263 million euros).
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The joint venture, CATL-FAW Power Battery Company, is 51 per cent owned by CATL and 49 per cent by FAW and is based in the Chinese province of Fujian. In addition to the main focus – the manufacture of batteries – the areas of consulting and after-sales service will also be considered.
According to reports, FAW will secure a reliable supply of energy storage devices at competitive prices with this cooperation. CATL, on the other hand, is strengthening its position against Japanese and South Korean competitors such as Panasonic, LG Chem and Samsung by expanding its activities.
For CATL, this is by no means the first partnership with a Chinese OEM from the automotive industry. The battery manufacturer has already forged alliances with Geely reportedly as well as SAIC, GAC, BAIC and Dongfeng Motor, among others.
Update 30 September 2020: Just about 18 months after the announcement, the joint venture has now begun operations, according to a posting via CATL’s WeChat account. CATL-FAW is located in Xiapu County of Ningde, Fujian province.
As previously suggested, the business includes the development, production and sale of lithium-ion batteries, power batteries, energy storage batteries with ultra-large capacity and battery system, and the supply of relevant after-sales services.
According to CATL, the batteries produced by CATL-FAW will be installed into the entire lineup of the vehicle models built on Hongqi’s FME-platform for electric vehicles and FAW-Volkswagen’s MEB-based models.
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