China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has reportedly been awarded contracts to supply electric car batteries to Germany’s Daimler and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor.
Daimler’s procurement executive Sabine Angermann confirmed the firm’s involvement with CATL at a press conference in Stuttgart, according to Reuters.
However, Reuters said Angermann, who had been discussing the sourcing of raw materials for EV batteries, declined to reveal further details about the volume of the supply contract and whether it would go beyond supplying battery cells for Mercedes-Benz cars built outside of China.
Meanwhile, China’s state Xinhua News Agencysaid CATL had been selected as Hyundai’s first Chinese battery supplier as the Korean firm “seeks to diversify its supplier base”.
According to Xinhua, CATL will provide batteries for Hyundai’s plug-in Sonata sedans that are expected to hit the Chinese market in the first half of 2018.
BBB reported earlier this year that Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz brand was set to use battery cells made under its partnership operations in China in some cars made by the firm worldwide.