Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CATL battery pack
Image courtesy of CATL via CNEvPost


CATL Plans $5 Billion Battery Factory In North America, But Where?

CATL is looking to build a new battery factory in North America.

The interwebs are buzzing with reports that CATL, the largest battery manufacturer in the world, is looking for a place to build a new factory in North America. There seems to be no question it is going to happen, as the need for batteries to power EVs in the US is expected to increase dramatically in the very near future.

The question is, where will the new facility be built? CNEvPost reports that officials from the company have recently journeyed to Mexico to check out the possibilities in that country. Relations between the US and China are shaky at present, with both sides regarding the other with suspicion. BYD, another Chinese-owned company, has been excluded from receiving federal funds for the buses it sells to American customers, even though they are built in America by unionized American workers and powered by US-made batteries.

By locating in Mexico or Canada, CATL would have access to the American market without being subject to potential trade sanctions, or so the thinking goes. If China decides to gobble up Taiwan as Russia has tried to gobble up Ukraine, any Chinese-owned company could find itself persona non grata in the US. Being located just across the border in Mexico or Canada probably won’t save them, but the demand for batteries is so enormous right now, CATL must feel the potential profits outweigh the risks. In any event, batteries produced within the framework of NAFTA would be exempt from the import duties placed on Chinese-made battery cells imported to the US.

CATL Factory To Have 80 GWh Capacity

Electrive says several people familiar with the process have told Bloomberg the new factory would have an annual capacity of 80 gigawatt-hours (GWh) and employ 10,000 people. A date for the possible start of construction has not been revealed, nor do the sources say when the final stage of development should be reached. The batteries manufactured in North America will use both NMC and LFP technology and be available to any interested automakers, including Tesla. The company is also planning to invest $5 billion in a battery recycling facility in China.

CATL already has an installed production capacity of 145 GWh. According to BloombergNEF, the company has announced plans to build another 579 GWh of capacity by 2026, part of which is already under construction. Clearly the company has no intention of relinquishing its position as the world’s largest battery manufacturer anytime soon.

Check out our brand new E-Bike Guide. If you're curious about electric bikes, this is the best place to start your e-mobility journey!
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.


You May Also Like


CATL says its new Qirin battery has 13% more energy density than Tesla's 4680 cells and can go 1000 km without recharging.


We hear a lot of commitment to going electric and ousting fossil-fueled vehicles, usually down the road a bit (years away). A few days...


From an attempt to drive an electric vehicle at a higher altitude than any before, to BMW signing a battery deal with CATL from...


CATL unveils its 3rd generation cell-to-pack Kirin battery.

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.