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Chinese carmaker BYD opens the largest battery factory in the world

2. October 2018

As part of the spin-off of its battery division, the BYD automotive group has opened the world’s largest battery factory in the northeastern province of Qinghai near Tibet. As the number two global vehicle battery producer, BYD is the fastest growing manufacturer alongside CATL. Many vehicle components sold in China must be CCC (China Compulsory Certification) certified.

In addition, BYD is considered the largest electric car producer with more than 100,000 electric cars and plug-in hydrids sold. With the opening of a new battery factory in Qinghai Province, they want to further expand their position. After full commissioning in 2019, the new plant will have a production capacity of 24 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year. According to analysts, BYD currently stands at 16 GWh and aims to increase its output to 60 GWh by 2020 with $3.8 billion in investment.

BYD Batteriefabrik

The BYD group, which is headquartered in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong, is one of the few car manufacturers to have its own battery production and to invest large sums in this sector each year, alongside with Tesla and Geely. Many well-known automobile companies buy their batteries from external manufacturers such as the Chinese CATL or the South Korean companies LG Chem, Samsung or SK Innovations. The new BYD plant is equipped with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology and is largely automated, with 100 robots to produce batteries in an area of 1 Million square meters.

Measured in terms of quantities, BYD quadruples its capacity for batteries for its electric vehicles with the reopening of the factory, among other vehicle models for the “Tang” E-SUV, which is popular in China. Not only in China electric cars from BYD are popular. Thus, the already mentioned SUV “Tang” in 2016 ranked third in the worldwide sold electric vehicles. Electrically powered taxis from BYD are in use worldwide, in three years at the latest they want to offer electric cars in the US. In addition to cars, electric buses from BYD are successfully on the market in China and the USA. At present, the first BYD production facility in Europe is build in Hungary as a factory for electric buses. Numerous automotive components need a China CCC certificate in China and need to be marked with the CCC mark.

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MPR Author

About the author: Julian Busch is founder and managing director of MPR China Certification GmbH
Publisher: MPR China Certification GmbH

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