Published on February 11th, 2019 | by Tim Dixon
February 11th, 2019 by Tim Dixon
Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL) is one of the top suppliers of EV batteries in China and has been making inroads into supplying companies outside of China, such as BMW, Volkswagen, Nissan, and Renault. Now we have news that Honda has signed an agreement with CATL for 56 GWh of batteries!
On the 5th of February, 2019, in Tokyo, CATL and Honda signed a cooperation agreement with the intent to cooperate in the development of electric vehicles.
Honda has reportedly been working with CATL on a $20,000 electric Honda Fit for release in 2020 in China and other markets. (Read more here on CleanTechnica.)
In the new agreement, CATL guarantees it will supply Honda 56 GWh of lithium-ion batteries before 2027.
Honda EV Plan & China
At the Beijing Auto Show in 2018, Honda announced that by 2025, more than 20 electrified vehicles will be launched in China. Those 20 models being hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric models. These cars will be built in cooperation with Honda’s joint venture partners such as GAC (Guangzhou Automobile Group Co) and Dongfeng (Dongfeng Motor Corp).
The reasons for these efforts can most likely be attributed to China’s New Energy Vehicle (NEV) mandate based on a NEV credit system, as Maarten Vinkhuyzen explained in an article last month about China’s government policy. In 2017, Honda had 1.46 million vehicle sales in China. If it does not have the credits soon, it has to buy them or risk market access.
Honda is not alone in having to get serious about EVs and hybrids in China, so stay tuned to CleanTechnica for more news, and let’s hope these efforts are truly worldwide and not focused purely on China.