The battery cell manufacturer SVOLT Energy Technology, which emerged from the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall, has started production in its first plant. Two further construction phases are planned to increase capacity significantly.
The plant, which is located in Jintan, a district of the Chinese city of Changzhou in the province of Jiangsu, will be expanded in three phases and will reach a production capacity of 4 GWh in the first phase. The second construction phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 and will provide an additional capacity of 8 GWh in the future. A further 6 GWh are to be added in the third phase – a total of 18 GWh.
The 100% Great Wall subsidiary SVOLT, according to its figures, is investing the equivalent of around 1.1 billion dollars in the first 500,000 square metre plant. The plant will produce prismatic lithium-ion cells and, according to the company, it will be the world’s first intelligent plant in which such cells can be laminated at high speed. However, the exact cell chemistry of the cells produced there is not known. In July, SVOLT presented for the first time a cobalt-free lithium-ion cell, but also a four-element lithium-ion battery cell (NCMA).
The battery cell manufacturer is planning a total of six production sites worldwide with a total capacity of 100 GWh, 76 GWh of which will be in China. As reported, plants are also to be built in Europe and the USA. Further details are not yet available – even if earlier reports indicate that construction of the European plant will begin in the second half of 2020.
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