Report: CATL to supply batteries to Nissan and Renault for their new electric cars
According to a Nikkei report, China-based automotive battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) will likely be supplying batteries to Nissan and Renault for a series of new electric cars being planned by the two automakers for the Chinese market.
The report has revealed that Nissan and Renault have inked contracts with CATL for batteries which the automakers plan to use for two specific electric vehicle (EV) programs designed for the EV market in China. Both the automakers have undertaken a number of different EV efforts in China, for compliance with the country’s aggressive ZEV mandate.
As per the report, CATL will supply batteries to Nissan for its new Sylphy electric car -- based on the Nissan Leaf -- which the automaker plans to mass-produce in China. The Sylphy EV was unveiled by Nissan in April 2018.
In addition to supplying batteries to Nissan for the Sylphy electric car, CATL will also supply batteries to Renault for its Kangoo Z.E. electric van which is also scheduled to go into production in China.
CATL, which presently has a 17.5 GWh battery-production capacity, basically makes use of LiFePo and NCM chemistries in prismatic cell formats for its batteries. The batteries manufactured by the company are mostly being used by automakers producing electric buses and plug-in hybrids.
South America is still lagging behind in adoption of electric vehicles. Chinese companies are already approaching public transport authorities across the world to offer their electric and hybrid urban mobility solutions.
At the 2018 Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel, California this week, Curtiss Motorcycles unveiled its powerful new dual motor Zeus electric motorcycle concept to the public for the first time.
Japanese automaker Honda has recently made its new electric car -- the 2018 Honda Clarity Electric -- available for purchase at its dealerships in California and Oregon.
According to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) prediction, 19% of all passenger vehicles sold in China will be electric vehicles (EVs) by the year 2025.
On Wednesday, German automaker Audi announced at its annual meeting that it plans to build 20 new electrified cars by the year 2025. The automaker also added that most of the planned electrified cars will be battery-powered vehicles.
According to a recent Autocar magazine report, German automaker Volkswagen’s R performance division is presently exploring the possibility of producing performance-centric electric vehicles (EVs) in the future.