Chinese battery manufacturer CATL opens first North American base

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), a China-based manufacturer of battery products, has opened its first North American sales and service facility. The new Detroit base is CATL’s fourth international site, following the opening of a Japanese subsidiary in May.

CATL already supplies the North American market with core battery technologies for EVs and energy storage applications. The company has entered a series of partnership agreements with automakers including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler and Jaguar.

CATL say its battery systems have achieved an energy density of 160 Wh/kg, and are continuously improving. By 2020, the company expects to achieve cell-level energy density of 300 Wh/kg and system-level energy density of 240 Wh/kg. CATL’s long-life endurance battery boasts a lifespan of up to 15,000 cycles, and needs no lithium titanate material, which CATL says reduces life-cycle costs. CATL subjects its products to over 270 abuse tests, including active and passive protection tests.

“Recent surges in EV demand require greater innovation in the manufacture and supply of parts and services to support vehicle electrification,” said Allan Wang, General Manager, North America at CATL. “Our new Detroit subsidiary will allow us to serve local needs. By locating close to our customers, we will be able to better understand their needs and improve our global supply chain. We look forward to providing more tailored customer service to our US-based partners, and are continuously looking for new partnerships and opportunities in the local market.”

 

 

Source: Contemporary Amperex Technology

  • SJC

    When the Chinese decide to dominate an industry they DO it.

  • freedomev

    Understand this company is owned by the Chinese military and all it’s profits go to them.

    • José Mario Restini

      CATL is a 2011 spinoff of the Hong Kong based Amperex Technology. Had its IPO six months ago and is publicly traded at ChiNext. Although the Chinese government may have a sizable chunk of it, this is just yet another Chinese giant in the market. It’s as linked with the military as any average system manufacturer

      • freedomev

        Whom do you think owned Amperex? I don’t buy anything I can avoid from China as even those not owned directly by the military still support the government aggression to it’s people and others. Just say no to Chinese produced products.
        No real different than no longer buying FF energy, don’t support the things that hurt people,.

        • José Mario Restini

          I do understand your reasoning and can agree with the roots of it. All powerful nations, specially the US, do good things and humanitarian work but also defend their interests causing a lot of harm to people and do kill and cause a very abundant long term suffering. A bit of self awareness is good. I tend to be more pro world then pro tribe. Think of it for a minute 🙂

          • freedomev

            If keeping China from cheating, stealing, forced labor, people disappearing, etc it’s way to harming it’s people and others is tribal, sign me up.
            But it isn’t and I’m not, it is about human rights.
            I fight against US, all countries being stupid too. But China is well above the rest. No?
            Right now they put millions of Muslims, many others in forced mind control, forced labor camps making the products you buy.
            If you want to be part of that, that is your morals. I have higher ones and hope you’ll join me.

          • José Mario Restini

            Yep, as I said, I do agree with you they are into a lot of wrongdoing, I am just not happy with other countries either, and I think there is a lot of room to improve. I think it is a pity that for most, including the Chinese and the the U.U., it’s alway easier to criticize what other screw up with, forget what they do right, and pretend our own mistakes are non existent

  • José Mario Restini

    CATL is a 2011 spinoff of the Hong Kong based Amperex Technology. It had its IPO six months ago and is publicly traded at ChiNext. Although the government may have a sizable chunk of it, this is just yet another Chinese giant in the market. It’s as linked with the military as any average system manufacturer