VW to build new electric vehicle battery system factory in China
Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it is building a new electric vehicle battery system factory in eastern China’s Hefei city, which will start production in 2023, Reuters reported.
The German automaker is building a factory for electric vehicles under a majority-owned venture with JAC in the Hefei city. It also holds a stake in the electric vehicle battery maker Gotion, which is also based in Hefei.
It said it would invest more than 140 million euros ($164 million) in the battery plant by 2025. The factory’s initial capacity will be 150,000 to 180,000 battery systems a year for the local electric vehicle production.
Volkswagen rolled out five ID series electric models in China, the world’s biggest car market, this year. It sold around 7,000 such vehicles there last month and aims at delivering 80,000 to 100,000 units in total this year.
Reuters reported last week, citing people familiar with the matter, that Volkswagen is in talks to tighten its grip on the Hefei venture, sparking tensions with its other Chinese partners who fear they could be sidelined.
Earlier this week, the US-based electric car maker, Lucid Motors, announced it would produce vehicles in Saudi Arabia by 2024. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund poured $1 billion into the company in April 2019, giving it a 67 per cent stake in the firm.
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