CATL already has strategic agreements with carmakers including SAIC Motor Corp, Geely, BMW and Volkswagen.
The world’s largest EV battery maker, China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) plans to produce 60 GWh of battery storage by 2026 from its battery plant in Germany, its first production site in Europe.
The company will focus on next-generation nickel-rich batteries, which are cheaper to make and have longer life-spans. CATL’s battery cell factory in Erfurt, Germany is set to start production in 2021, which will bring it closer to the world’s largest EV markets in Europe as well as close to European carmakers.
The company currently makes NCM 523 batteries with 50% nickel, 20% cobalt and 30% manganese. CATL’s regional president for Europe, Matthias Zentgraf, said the company’s battery cell factory in Erfurt would start production in 2021, creating about 600 jobs.
Based in Fujian province in southeast China, CATL already has strategic agreements with carmakers including SAIC Motor Corp, Geely, BMW and Volkswagen.
CATL’s battery plant in Germany is expected to ease a forecast negative impact in the country’s automotive industry. According to the IG Metall labour union, the growing adoption of EVs is likely to add 25,000 jobs by 2030, though another 75,000 positions in engine and transmission making are likely to disappear, the study shows.
On July 9, 2018, German prime minister Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang met to sign an agreement that will bring a CATL battery factory to the east German city of Erfurt.