CATL builds battery factory in Hungary

The main customer is Mercedes


An editor at eMobilCar

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Chinese battery manufacturer CATL will build another battery factory in Europe. The second place after Erfurt was Debrecen in Hungary. CATL already has an important customer: a battery plant to supply Mercedes-Benz car factories in Germany and Hungary with batteries.

It has now been confirmed that CATL will build a plant there. According to the Chinese, a power plant with a planned annual capacity of 100 gigawatt-hours is to be built there. The laying of the foundation is scheduled for the end of this year. CATL will invest 7.34 billion euros in the facility in the coming years. The new CATL plant in Hungary will produce battery cells and modules for European car manufacturers.

CATL says the Debrecen plant is "close to OEMs for Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Stellantis, Volkswagen and other customers", which will help CATL better respond to the needs of Europeans.

With our plant in Debrecen, we will further expand our competitive advantage by better serving our customers in Europe and accelerating the transition to electric mobility in Europe. The new project in Hungary is an important step for CATL's global expansion and a milestone in our efforts to make an outstanding contribution to the energy transition

Mercedes is already using CATL batteries extensively, for example in the EQS and EQE. However, since CATL does not currently manufacture batteries in Europe, they are imported from China.

This new state-of-the-art European CATL plant is another milestone in our ramp-up of our electric vehicle production, which we are implementing together with our partners. On our way to an emission-free and all-electric future, we also need the full commitment of our suppliers

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