Nissan and Renault turn to China’s battery maker CATL for new electric cars - To comply with China's aggressive zero-emission vehicles targets
Nissan and Renault both have several different electric vehicle efforts in China in order to comply with the country’s aggressive ZEV mandate. Automakers need zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) to represent 10% of new car sales as soon as next year and quickly ramp up to 12% by 2020 – at least on a credit basis.
A report from Nikkei says that the two automakers have signed contracts with CATL for batteries to go with two specific EV programs for the Chinese market. Last month, Nissan unveiled a new Leaf-based electric car, the Sylphy, to be mass-produced in China.
CATL is primarily using LiFePo and NCM chemistries in prismatic cell formats and their batteries have been mostly going to electric bus production and plug-in hybrids, but they recently signed a supply contract with SAAB successor National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) in order to enable the production of hundreds of thousands of all-electric cars per year. The battery maker already has a 17.5 GWh production capacity and they plan to quickly ramp up production at the factory to 24 GWh by 2020.
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