GM to work closely with CATL in EV push

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SHANGHAI — General Motors will “work very closely” with Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology as it ramps up electric vehicle production in the world’s biggest auto market, a senior executive said.

The automaker has said it would invest $20 billion by 2025 in electric and automated vehicles.

“We have already established a good working relationship and supply agreement with CATL,” said Julian Blissett, GM’s China president. “We will work very closely with CATL in the future.”

“We are not planning on importing any major components for new energy vehicles. The drive units, batteries, motors, etc, will be made locally in China,” Blissett told local media on Wednesday, according to the transcript provided by GM.

Cooperation with GM would help cement Ningde-based CATL’s dominant position in the Chinese EV battery market, where it competes with smaller players like BYD and Guoxuan High-tech.

The group, which already has supply deals with Tesla and Volkswagen, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

China is the world’s biggest market for new energy vehicles, which include battery-electric cars as well as plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

In China GM and its partner SAIC Motor sell the electric Velite 6 model under the Buick marque as well as Chevrolet’s electric Menlo.

Through another venture, SGMW, GM sells electric Wuling minivans and Baojun E-Series mini cars with SAIC and Guangxi Automobile Group.

“We are heavily committed to China and we have basically not stopped investing even through COVID-19,” Blissett added. 

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Saurabh Shukla

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