Geely Automobile Holdings and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) form a joint venture company to produce and develop vehicle batteries for new energy vehicles. The new joint venture will be called CATL Geely Power Battery Company and the partnership will include research and development, production, and sales of batteries, battery modules, and battery packs.
The registered capital for the new company will be 1 billion RMB (Rs 1,017 crore), funded by the two companies. Once established, Geely Auto will hold a 49 percent stake and CATL will hold 51 percent of the new company. CATL’s joint venture with Geely Auto combines the advantages of CATL’s battery technology with Geely Auto’s technical experience in the field of new energy vehicles, which will accelerate the development of lithium-ion batteries, as well as produce better-designed batteries and promote the development of the new energy industry.
The creation of the joint venture reflects growing demand for new energy vehicles in China, where the new entity will ensure a stable supply of high-performance components for Geely Auto’s next generation of electrified vehicles. This will further reduce the procurement price of core components and enhance the competitiveness of new energy and electrified vehicles.
Over the past several years, Geely Auto has expanded its presence in new energy vehicles by independently developing and mastering new energy technology in China. The company claims that it now holds more than 300 patents in new energy core technologies. Geely Auto’s MHEV mild hybrid, HEV hybrid, and PHEV plug-in hybrid products are already available in the global markets.
Geely Auto has formed a value chain around the R&D and production of new energy vehicles with core components coming from a variety of suppliers including Hengyuan, Viridi, CATL, Siemens and many more.
According to Geely Auto, in November 2018, its pure electric and electric unit sales exceeded 10,000 units, a 31 percent year-over-year increase and from January to November, Geely Auto saw some of the industry highest growth in new energy and electrified vehicle sales and year-over-year growth. By 2020, Geely Auto will launch almost 40 new energy and electrified models, on which it aims to offer competitive prices and enhanced performance by working together with partners.
An Conghui, president of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group and president and CEO of Geely Auto Group, said: “New energy vehicles are a quickly emerging strategic segment in the industry. Geely Auto will work together with partners such as CATL to build a global industrial value chain, become the global leader in new energy and energy-efficient technologies, and continue to create high-value, high-quality new energy and electrified products and services for customers. We aim to reach our 2020 strategic goals in a socially responsible manner through independent innovation, global resource integration, and synergy promotion.”
CATL's president and CEO, Zhou Jia said, “CATL has always been focused on the customer, constantly providing increasingly cost-effective, safe, and efficient products and services to help our customers find success.”
According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the production and sales of new energy vehicles this year reached 1.05 million and 1.03 million units respectively, a year-over-year increase of 63.6 percent and 68 percent. As the Chinese new energy vehicle market enters the “post-subsidies” era, higher requirements for cruising range, battery energy density, vehicle cost, and price will emerge.
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