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Three Chinese companies join forces for new high-end car brand

18. March 2021

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), a Chinese battery manufacturer, is teaming up with Huawei Technologies Co, a technology giant, and Changan Automobile, a major automaker, to develop a new high-end car brand. This move is an attempt to take advantage of the current unprecedented opportunities for electric vehicle development and manufacturing in China. Changan Automobile Chairman Zhu Huarong said during a television interview that the planned collaboration will include a model platform for autonomous electric vehicles, a range of accessories, and items for daily use. Zhu did not disclose the amount invested in the new project by the companies involved. However, he clarified that the development phase of the first product has been completed and they will soon start mass production.



Earlier this month, the Chinese government unveiled the current development plan for electric cars and vehicles with alternative drives. The plan covers the period from 2021 to 2035 and paves the way for China to become one of the most important countries in the field of alternative drives. Zhu said they will support the supply chain for vehicle batteries within the next 15 years and also ensure the availability of raw materials. Industry experts assume that future investments within the electric vehicle industry will focus on suppliers of raw materials such as lithium, nickel and cobalt.

The Chinese development plan calls on companies to increase their potential for technological innovation to achieve breakthroughs in manufacturing equipment and optimize the production process. The management of Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) told the China Daily newspaper that it has developed a new type of vehicle battery that can provide a total range of 2 million kilometers during its 16-year lifespan. Current battery types, on the other hand, have a lifespan of only 8 years, or 250,000 kilometers. CATL’s customers include leading automakers such as Tesla, BMW and Daimler. Certification of batteries for electric vehicles is a complex project that requires professional support at all stages. For several years, MPR China Certification GmbH has been entrusted with large CCC projects for the vehicle manufacturers Lotus, Tesla and Bugatti. We will be pleased to advise you without obligation about the scope and requirements of a China CCC certification.

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