Volvo signs EV battery supply deals with LG Chem, CATL

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo is seen at Stierli Automobile AG company in St. Erhard, Switzerland April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) – Swedish carmaker Volvo said on Wednesday it had signed long-term battery supply deals with two Asian battery makers, LG Chem and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), as it pushes its electrification strategy.

Volvo, owned by China’s Geely, is launching EV models under Volvo and its sub-brand Polestar as it takes on global peers including Volkswagen, Tesla and General Motors in the increasingly competitive market for electric vehicles (EVs).    

“The future of Volvo Cars is electric and we are firmly committed to moving beyond the internal combustion engine,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars.

Volvo said its first battery assembly line was under construction at its manufacturing plant in Ghent, Belgium, and would be finalised by the end of this year.

It was building plug-in hybrid variants of the XC40 in Ghent and planned to make fully electric XC40s there, it added.

The companies said the deals were valued at several billion dollars but did not disclose detailed financial terms.

Reporting by Cynthia Kim in Seoul, Yilei Sun in Beijing; Editing by Christopher Cushing and Stephen Coates

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