January 15, 2021

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CATL and Honda form comprehensive strategic NEV battery alliance

CATL and Honda form comprehensive strategic NEV battery alliance
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Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) and Honda have signed an agreement to form a comprehensive strategic alliance on new energy vehicle (NEV) batteries to strengthen their strategic partnership and promote the popularization of electrified vehicles. This agreement will enable the two companies to begin discussions on a broad range of areas including joint development, stable supply, and the recycling and reuse of batteries.

By bringing together the two companies’ individual technology advantages, CATL and Honda will conduct joint development on NEVs batteries and joint R&D into fundamental technologies, aiming for their future application. 

CATL will provide a stable supply of NEV batteries to Honda, mainly for battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The first model equipped with a CATL battery is scheduled to be launched in the Chinese market in 2022. This alliance will be further expanded to the global level in the future. Moreover, battery recycling and reuse also will be a topic in further discussions between CATL and Honda.

CATL is a technology company that is committed to providing advanced battery solutions for global new energy application, with businesses covering R&D, manufacturing and sales of battery systems for new energy vehicles and energy storage systems. Honda is a mobility company with motorcycles, automobiles, Life Creation (power products) and aircraft businesses around the globe, and is currently accelerating its initiatives to electrify its products on a global basis. By strengthening technological cooperation and the competitive supply system, CATL and Honda will strive to realize global electrification together.

Capital cooperation to strengthen sustainable strategic partnership

Honda has acquired approximately 1% of CATL shares through the non-public issuance of stocks, which makes Honda a leading strategic partner of CATL. This will enable Honda to secure a stable supply of batteries with excellent product and cost competitiveness. Through the non-public issuance of stocks, CATL will strengthen its battery development and further expand production capacity, etc. Based on this alliance, the two companies will strengthen initiatives to further popularize electrified vehicles and establish a long-term relationship.

“Honda is a key player in global electrification. Through this strategic cooperation, CATL and Honda will establish a stronger global partnership. We are working together to deliver more competitive products and solutions to global electrification, and to finally achieve a clean and pleasant style of mobility,” said Zhou Jia, president of CATL.

“This alliance enables Honda to further strengthen its partnership with CATL. As the speed of electrification continues to increase, CATL will be a partner that will give Honda new strength, and we believe that our long-term alliance will enable Honda to further increase the competitiveness of our electrified products. Honda will continue its challenges toward offering joy and freedom of mobility and the realization of a sustainable society,” said Toshihiro Mibe, senior managing officer, executive in charge of Monozukuri (Research & Development, Production, Purchasing, Quality, Parts, Service, Intellectual Property, Standardization and IT) of Honda Motor Co, Ltd.

About CATL

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries, with businesses covering R&D, manufacturing and sales in battery systems for new energy vehicles and energy storage systems. In 2019, the company’s EV battery sales volume reached 40.25 GWh worldwide, and making it the world leader in annual EV battery consumption volume.

Headquartered in Ningde, China, CATL has more than 26,000 employees around the world as of 2019 and subsidiaries in Beijing; Liyang, Jiangsu Province; Xining, Qinghai Province; and, Yibin, Sichuan Province, China; as well as in Munich, Germany; Paris, France; Yokohama, Japan; Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.; and, Vancouver, Canada. In addition, the company owns and operates battery manufacturing facilities in Fujian, Jiangsu, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces, and in its European plant located in Erfurt, Germany, its first overseas plant that is currently under construction. In June 2018, the company went public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange with stock code 300750. For more information, visit http://www.catlbattery.com.

About Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Honda Motor Co. <TYO: 7267> Honda designs, manufactures and markets automobiles, motorcycles, Life Creation (power products) and aviation products worldwide. A global leader in powertrain and electromotive technologies, Honda produces nearly 30 million engines annually for its three product lines. Honda and its partners build products in more than 60 manufacturing plants in 27 countries, employing more than 208,000 associates globally. For more information, visit https://global.honda/.

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