Chery teams up with battery giant CATL to explore new energy technology

Chery Group has inked a framework agreement with battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL), under which both parties will carry out all-round cooperation in various fields such as products, commerce, market promotion, and commercial information resources.

In addition to battery supply and technical cooperation on passenger vehicles, both parties intend to conduct joint exploration in the areas of mass transit, EIC technology integration of new energy and battery-swapping for buses, logistics vehicles, heavy trucks and electric ships, towards boosting and leading the development of the automotive industry.

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One of CATL’s largest battery plants in Guangdong started production in June 2022, built at a cost of RMB 12 billion. Image 

CATL, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturer for EVs in the world, focuses on research, development, production and sales of traction battery and energy storage systems for new energy vehicles (NEV), and remains committed to providing first-class solutions for global new energy applications.

Globally, the company has provided traction batteries to many renowned carmakers, and has occupied the top spot for five consecutive years.

CATL lithium ion battery cells for energy storage. Image

Meanwhile, Chery has been engaged in the research and development (R&D) of new energy technology as early as 1999, and can be said to be among the earliest automobile enterprises in China to enter this field.

Over the past two decades, Chery has developed a holistic R&D system of new energy technology, including vehicle integration, core technology and core parts development capabilities.

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In particular, Chery has made significant breakthroughs in core domains such as EIC technology and lightweight technology. Chery has applied for over 900 new energy patents and obtained over 600 patents to date, ranking first among Chinese automobile enterprises, and third globally.

Chery has formulated a “457” technology development plan, which involves four vehicle powertrain platforms, five general subsystems and seven core technologies, covering sedans from A- to C-segments and SUVs from B- to D-segments, with pure electric, hybrid electric, extended-range electric, fuel-cell and other new energy technologies.

The Chery EQ1 is a micro BEV which offers a range of 301 km to 408 km

Thanks to its technical strength and complete strategic layout, Chery eQ1, a lightweight pure electric vehicle with an all-aluminium body, not only set a precedent in the automotive industry, but ranked first in the market segment with sales of 300,000 units.

In terms of hybrid technology, Chery has successfully developed the world’s first full-function Dedicated Hybrid Transmission (DHT), leading the development of hybrid technology in the world with the unique advantage of ‘3 engines, 3 gears, 9 operating modes and 11 speed ratios’.

In the first 10 months of 2022, Chery sold over 210,000 new energy vehicles (+182% year-on-year), far surpassing the overall industry growth rate.

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Chery will continue to explore the field of new energy technology and practice the concept of green development, and work together with its partners to promote the sustainable development of the new energy industry and the popularisation of electric vehicles, towards the shared goal of carbon neutrality.

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