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CATL drives development of e-vehicles with automotive manufacturers

2017.10.16

Battery developer establishes itself as trusted partner for automotive industry

 

CATL, one of the top developers of batteries for electric vehicles, establishes itself as the trusted partner of choice for automotive manufacturers. At IAA in Frankfurt, e-mobility was one of the predominant topics with OEMs announcing e-vehicle models and investments in the electric technologies. CATL was referred to as the partner of choice by several OEMs at their press conferences.

 

“Future now”, the lead motto of the 67th IAA, is illustrated by heavy discussion of e-mobility in automobile industry. E-vehicles were not only featured broadly on the booths, but car makers were also announcing investments in and joint development efforts. One of the areas focused on was battery development, and CATL is emerging as one of the top partners for the automotive industry in this respect. Hubertus Troska, Great China president of Daimler AG, mentioned CATL as one of its battery suppliers in China. By unveiling a new sports car with “CATL” on it, BMW also stressed the close partnership with CATL, which works out the comprehensive solution that covering from R&D, production with industry 4.0 technologies, battery recycling and secondary use.

 

“When we found and entered into a close partnership with CATL in 2011,” said Dr. Wieland, President and CEO, BMW Brilliance Automotive, “we were convinced that CATL had the highest potential to deliver world class HVB batteries for cars.”

 

CATL and Volkswagen (VW) are also closely collaborating with regard to the development of current and future battery-powered e-vehicles. CATL developed a 12V low-voltage cell with a start / stop system for VW. This new automobile with CATL battery will be launched to the global market within 2017.Currently, CATL is competing with several battery suppliers for new VW MEB electric vehicle platform. 

 

At this great auto show, CATL also announced its new plan of opening a new branch office in Paris, France, which will be launched at late September or early October.  By opening offices in Munich, Berlin, Wolfsburg, as well as the new branch in Paris, CATL keeps developing global footprint and has already set up its world-wide network for understanding local market and offering local service to international clients.

 

“We are collaborating closely with our partners. Automotive manufacturers such as VW, BMW, and Daimler as well as others are important to us for their input as they know what car buyers are looking for. At the same time, OEMs have recognized that they need to invest in the development of electric vehicles just as more – or even more – than in other technologies,” said Matthias Zentgraf, President, European Business at CATL.

 

The Chinese company is investing significantly in the further development of its Lithium-Ion batteries. In 2016, CATL shipped 6.8 GW of products and achieved first position (Jan-Aug, 2017) in Chinese market with a 28.21% market share (source from realli.net). CATL is offering distinct technologies solving the two major headaches of OEMs: mileage and fast charging. With its ENERSpeedy solution, batteries can be fully charged in 15 minutes for a reach of 300 kilometers, the fastest-possible charging at the moment. With its ENERMagic solution, the average driving mileage is 400km and it will be improved to 600km in 2020. 

 

“We are the first Chinese battery company that supplies to the global industry chain,” said Zeng Yuqun, founder of CATL. “We have our unique competitive advantages as a Chinese company since we started earlier than the western peers.”


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