CATL will start producing lithium batteries in Germany by the
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CATL will start producing lithium batteries in Germany by the end of the year

The news world recently discussed the intentions of the Chinese giant CATL to choose a site for the construction of a traction battery manufacturing company in the United States, but the construction of a company in Germany began in 2019. Now permission to launch has been received, and it will begin issuing products by the end of this year.

    Image source: CATL, Nikkei Asian Review

Image source: CATL, Nikkei Asian Review

The Turingia facility will be the first of its kind outside of China for CATL, which already controls a third of the global market for lithium batteries for electric vehicles. For Germany, it will be the first company to produce traction batteries in the country. Production was supposed to start last year, but the pandemic forced CATL to push back the deadlines.

CATL will invest a total of 1.8 billion euros in this project. In the first phases, the company will produce batteries with a total capacity of 8 GW‧h per year and will increase the capacity to 14 GW‧h per year in the future. The company’s customers are said to be mostly German car manufacturers, but Tesla, which has its own plant near Berlin, will certainly be one of them.

The fact is that last fall Tesla decided to equip all initial configurations of its electric vehicles with iron phosphate batteries (LFP), and CATL has specialized only in their production. Producing cars and batteries locally is in Tesla’s best interests. Through estimated According to analysts at Soochow Securities, CATL was able to produce batteries with a total capacity of 222 GWh last year, and by 2025 the production volume will increase to 772 GWh. Against this background, the German company will not seem so productive.

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