Mar 13, 2023 - 12:06 pm
Hyundai may launch EV with LFP cells from CATL
Korean carmaker Hyundai will likely launch its first electric model with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries this year. Additionally, Kia has announced that the second-generation Kia Ray EV minivan will use LFP batteries made by CATL.
Feb 24, 2023 - 10:57 am
Nio plants own battery plant in China
EV maker Nio is looking to build its first battery plant for round cells. News agency Reuters first broke the story, citing two people familiar with the project. The plant will have an annual capacity of 40 GWh and will be located next to Nio’s main manufacturing hub in Hefei City, China.
Feb 17, 2023 - 12:21 pm
CATL could lower battery prices
According to Chinese media, CATL could significantly reduce battery prices for select automakers. But only under certain conditions. The manufacturer could therefore offer lower prices to some customers in the third quarter of 2023 if they agree to purchase at least 80 per cent of their batteries from CATL in exchange.
Feb 17, 2023 - 11:00 am
Ford to use LFP cells in Mustang Mach-E this year already
Ford will offer its Mustang Mach-E electric model in Europe with LFP battery cells before the end of 2023. Detailed technical aspects and prices for the electric SUV with the new battery variant have yet to be made available. But the manufacturer surprises with a statement on charging performance.
Feb 14, 2023 - 11:01 am
CATL sources special cathode additives from Toyo
Chinese battery maker CATL will use Toyocolor’s Lioaccum conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) dispersions in batteries for electric vehicles from 2024. The dispersions should, among other things, increase energy density. Toyocolor, a subsidiary of the Japanese speciality chemicals company Toyo Ink, also plans to expand production capacity for these CNT dispersions.
Feb 14, 2023 - 08:41 am
Ford announces new battery factory in the US
Ford is investing 3.5 billion dollars in a new plant for lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries in the US state of Michigan. It is working with Chinese battery maker CATL, who will licence the technology to Ford and provide technical assistance.
Feb 13, 2023 - 09:19 am
Zeekr raises 750 million dollars in funding
Geely’s premium electric car brand Zeekr has raised 750 Million dollars from external investors. The cash from five strategic investors puts the carmaker at a value of 13 billion dollars.
Jan 31, 2023 - 03:36 pm
CATL invests €3.25 billion in recycling plant in China
The Chinese battery manufacturer CATL has announced investments of up to 23.8 billion yuan (about 3.25 billion euros) in the construction of a large industrial park for the recycling of battery raw materials and their further processing for new batteries.
Jan 24, 2023 - 03:42 pm
Polestar releases comprehensive update for the Polestar 2
Polestar gives its Polestar 2 a comprehensive update for the new model year, including new engines and more powerful batteries. The single-motor variants are now rear-wheel drive, analogous to the electric drive system update for the Volvo models XC40 and C40 – but with more power in the Polestar than in the Volvos.
Jan 23, 2023 - 02:18 pm
CATL to build chassis plant in Yichun
CATL plans to build the first production facility for its CATL Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC) in Yichun in the Chinese province of Jiangxi and has signed an agreement with the city to this effect. There are no details yet on the schedule and scope of production.
Jan 20, 2023 - 12:38 pm
Virginia decides against CATL-Ford battery factory
The US state of Virginia is taking itself out of the running for the factory being considered by Ford and CATL to produce LFP battery cells for electric cars. Specifically, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has decided not to subsidise such a project – out of concern for Chinese influence.
Jan 19, 2023 - 12:18 pm
CATL & Nio sign five-year agreement
CATL and Nio are expanding their partnership. The Chinese electric car manufacturer is already supplied with battery cells by CATL and has now signed a five-year agreement with the battery specialist on a comprehensive strategic cooperation.
Jan 19, 2023 - 11:51 am
Avatr to release second electric vehicle model this year
The Chinese electric car brand Avatr from Changan, Nio and CATL has recently started production and deliveries of its first model Avatr 11. The coupe-like SUV is to be followed this year as a second model by a large sedan, which is being developed under the code name E12.
Jan 12, 2023 - 04:18 pm
Neta to source vehicle chassis from CATL
Hozon Auto’s Chinese electric car brand Neta and battery manufacturer CATL have signed a cooperation agreement which will make Neta the first Chinese EV start-up to utilise CATL’s skateboard chassis, known as CIIC for short.
Jan 10, 2023 - 01:23 pm
Xiaomi to debut electric sedan by the end of 2023
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is now moving forward with its electric car plans. According to Chinese media, the first of the four planned Xiaomi power cars will be an electric sedan to compete with the Tesla Model 3.
Jan 4, 2023 - 10:41 am
Zeekr gives its 001 the CATL Qilin battery
In China, Geely’s premium electric brand Zeekr is now offering its 001 with CATL’s Qilin battery for the first time in the new 2023 model year. This battery option with a capacity of 140 kWh increases the range of the Zeekr 001 to up to 1,032 kilometres according to Chinese standards.
Dec 22, 2022 - 12:21 pm
CATL kicks off cell production in Germany
CATL has started series production of battery cells in Germany as planned. At the plant in Arnstadt, the first batch of battery cells ran under series conditions from the newly installed production line in building G2.
Dec 16, 2022 - 02:06 pm
CATL & Ford are looking at jointly operating a battery factory
CATL and Ford are considering jointly building a US factory for LFP batteries. According to an agency report, the production facility will be fully owned by Ford but operated by CATL. This could make the plant eligible for subsidies from the US government under the Inflation Reduction Act.
Dec 15, 2022 - 04:25 pm
Dürr is supplying battery machinery for CATL
The machinery and plant manufacturer Dürr has received an order from CATL for the battery factory currently being built in Arnstadt, Germany. The company will supply an “innovative technology for the sustainable production of lithium-ion batteries” to the factory.
Nov 21, 2022 - 03:09 pm
Buick files data to release first E-SUV in China
Buick is getting ready to enter China with a new EV model. An application to the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology contains the first pictures and info. The battery supplier surprises while other technology comes from GM.
Nov 11, 2022 - 05:12 pm
Daihatsu goes for CATL batteries
The Japanese small car manufacturer Daihatsu is cooperating with the Chinese battery giant CATL and wants to stock up on battery cells for future electric models through its new partner.
Nov 1, 2022 - 11:46 am
CATL presents skateboard platform & first customer
Chinese battery manufacturer CATL is developing a skateboard chassis that integrates battery packs, electric motors and other components. The CATL Integrated Intelligent Chassis (CIIC) is expected to be ready for series production shortly. A first potential customer has already been found with VinFast.
Oct 21, 2022 - 03:39 pm
CATL postpones plans for new US plant again
Chinese battery giant CATL has decelerated plans for new plants in North America. Media reports refer to new rules on battery material sourcing as the reason since these would drive cost higher.
Oct 10, 2022 - 07:41 pm
SAIC, CATL, Sinopec & CNPC to swap batteries in China
In China, the carmaker SAIC, the battery manufacturer CATL and the two oil companies Sinopec and China National Petroleum (CNPC) have founded a joint venture to promote EVs with replaceable batteries. SAIC wants to produce vehicles capable of battery-swapping under several brands at once.