CATL has reportedly begun production of electric vehicle battery cells at its plant in Germany, which is a huge milestone for the company’s oversea expansion.  

CATT, the local subsidiary of the world’s largest EV battery producer, began output of lithium-ion battery cells on a newly installed production line at its EUR1.8bn complex in Thuringia. 

CATL Europe president Matthias Zentgraf said in a statement: “The production kick off proves we kept our promise to our customers as a reliable industry partner and we stay committed to Europe’s e-mobility transition even under very challenging conditions like the pandemic. We are working hard to ramp up production to full capacity, which is our top priority for the coming year.” 

The company has said that CATT received a Thuringia permit fit battery cell production in April 2022 for an initial capacity of 8 gigawatt-hours of battery cells per year.  

CATL last month held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new US$2bn Chinese EV and energy storage battery cell plant in Jining, Shandong. 

The company was also reported to be in discussions with Ford to establish a battery factory in the US. 

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