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  Tesla in talks with CATL for big battery order, report says
Bloomberg | 2019/3/12

Tesla Inc. is in talks about ordering rechargeable batteries from Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. to power Model 3 cars the U.S. electric-car maker plans to start assembling at its new factory near Shanghai, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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  BMW plan to export EVs from China on hold amid trade talks
Reuters | 2019/3/8

BMW's ambitions to establish China as a hub for exporting electric vehicles are in limbo because of uncertainty over potential trade tariffs between China and the United States, company executives said.
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  Continental opens r&d center in Chongqing
Automotive News China | 2019/3/8

Continental began operations this week at a new r&d center in the southwest China municipality of Chongqing.   The 280 million yuan ($42 million) center is the German supplier¡¯s 18th in China.   It will develop electronic parts including gateways, closure systems and control units for vehicle bodies and powertrains.
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  CATL considers big expansion for German battery plant
Automotive News Europe | 2019/3/5

Contemporary Amperex Technology, one of China's largest suppliers of battery cells, is considering expanding its German plant to make it one of the world¡¯s largest, amid higher expected demand for electric vehicles.   CATL is discussing whether to nearly double the size of its upcoming factory in Erfurt to provide 100 gigawatt-hours of cell supply.
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  TGood says EV battery charging unit breaks even
Automotive News China | 2019/3/5

Qingdao TGood Electric Co., China¡¯s largest developer and operator of battery charging sites for electric vehicles, said its battery charging unit is now breaking even.   The volume of electricity supplied through its EV charging centers achieved a compound annual growth rate of 200 percent since 2016, the Shenzhen-listed company said. 
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China, U.S. on verge of 'historic' trade deal, top White House adviser says
Bloomberg | 2019/3/1

The U.S. and China are on the cusp of a "historic" deal that would commit Beijing to cut subsidies for state-owned companies and disclose when its central bank intervenes in currency markets, a top White House adviser said. China has also pledged to "de-emphasize" plans to dominate in emerging technologies, including electric vehicles, outlined in a Made-in-China 2025 plan, said Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council.

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  Grupo Antolin, China's HiRain team up to develop lighting systems
Plastics News | 2019/2/26

Spanish automotive interiors supplier Grupo Antolin formed a partnership with China¡¯s HiRain Technologies to develop interior and exterior lighting systems.   HiRain, headquartered in Beijing, is a major Chinese automotive electronics company that has helped Grupo Antolin expand its lighting business in China, the two companies said.
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  Here expands mapping services to China with NavInfo partnership
Reuters | 2019/2/26

FRANKFURT -- Here Technologies, the digital mapping company owned by Germany's luxury carmakers, is partnering with China's NavInfo to offer location services in China.   Here said it will offer routing and navigation services, as well as map display and positioning services in the world's largest vehicle market.
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  Self-driving truck startup TuSimple raises nearly $100 million
Pete Bigelow | 2019/2/15

TuSimple, a self-driving truck startup based in Beijing, raised new funds that will help the company quickly expand its U.S. fleet and accelerate joint-development projects with major automakers and suppliers.
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  CATL, Honda cooperate on EV battery development
Reuters | 2019/2/8

TOKYO -- Contemporary Amperex Technology and Honda Motor Co. signed an agreement to cooperate on jointly developing lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles, as China's top EV battery maker expands tie-ups with Japanese automakers.
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