China’s CATL considers big expansion for China’s CATL considers big expansion for German battery plantplant

Date: Feb 29, 2019

BOCHUM — Contemporary Amperex Technology, one of China’s largest suppliers of battery cells, is considering expanding its German plant to make it one of the largest in the world, amid higher expected demand for electric vehicles.

CATL is openly discussing whether to nearly double the size of its upcoming factory in Erfurt to provide 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of cell supply.

This would dwarf anything currently under discussion in Europe, and potentially in the rest of the world.

The EU’s target for 2030 to cut CO2 fleet emissions from new cars by 37.5 percent by 2030 compared to 2021 and other factors that prompted automakers to plan for a higher, more aggressive, ramp-up of electric vehicles,” said Matthias Zentgraf, President of CATL Europe.

“That’s why we’ve seen new RFQs (request for quotations),” he said on the sidelines of the annual CAR Symposium in Bochum.

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