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  Automotive Energy Supply targets EV makers with first China battery plant
Bloomberg | 2019/4/16

The battery maker for Nissan Motor Co.'s Leaf electric vehicle is adding a factory in China to more than triple global capacity and lure more customers in the world¡¯s biggest EV market.   Automotive Energy Supply Corp. began construction of the factory in Wuxi in China¡¯s eastern Jiangsu province this year with a planned annual capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours, enough to power 400,000 EVs a year, said Zhang Lei, CEO of Envision Group.
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  Bosch sees China downturn extending into 2019
Reuters | 2019/4/12

STUTTGART -- German auto supplier Robert Bosch sees a further downturn in China this year after the country's car market posted its first decline in almost two decades last year, the head of its core auto parts unit said.   "The skid marks in the Chinese car market will be seen again this year," Stefan Hartung said, adding that China's auto market saw a double-digit decline in the first quarter of 2019.
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  VW signs up Chinese lithium supplier
Automotive News China | 2019/4/9

Volkswagen Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese lithium producer Ganfeng Lithium Co.   The move is intended to secure long-term lithium supplies for the battery-electric vehicles VW will roll out in China, the German auto giant said. 
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  Infineon cuts sales forecast again on weak China outlook
Reuters | 2019/3/29

FRANKFURT -- German chipmaker Infineon has cut its 2019 revenue forecast for the second time in as many months, pointing to a weakening Chinese light-vehicle market.   The news came shortly after industrial companies in China, the world's second-largest economy, posted their biggest slump in profits since late 2011 in the first two months of this year, hurt by trade tensions with the United States.
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  Evergrande targets EV output of up to 1 million in 3 years
Bloomberg | 2019/3/25

Evergrande Health seeks to have production capacity of up to 1 million vehicles within three years as part of its efforts to become the world¡¯s largest electric car manufacturer, starting with the launch of an electric vehicle in June.
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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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  Evergrande Health takes 1.06B yuan stake in Chinese auto battery maker
Reuters | 2019/1/29

Evergrande Health Industry Group will pay 1.06 billion yuan ($156 million) for a majority stake in an automobile battery maker headquartered in China, the company said, as it pieces together an electric vehicle production chain.   The health care company will buy a 58.07 percent stake in Shanghai CENAT New Energy Co. from electrical instruments maker Shenzhen Clou Electronics Co., it said in a filing with the Hong Kong stock exchange.
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  Germany backs r&d center for EV battery technology to rival Asia producers
Reuters | 2019/1/25

BERLIN -- The German government will fund a research center to offer companies in Germany know-how to develop battery cells for electric vehicles, seeking to compete with Asian producers that dominate the industry.    Anja Karliczek, Germany¡¯s science minister, said the agency would invest 500 million euros ($568 million) to support research into existing and next-generation EV battery cell technology.
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  CATL plans battery cell output of 60 GWh at German plant
Reuters | 2019/1/25

BERLIN -- Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology is targeting annual production of 60 gigawatt-hours by 2026 at its first European production site in Germany, a senior CATL manager said. 
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  BP invests in Chinese electric vehicle charging platform
Reuters | 2019/1/25

LONDON -- BP is investing in Chinese startup PowerShare, which links electric vehicle drivers to charging points and helps power suppliers balance distribution.   The PowerShare application, which is used in cities such as Shanghai, will help manage growing pressure on power grids as electric vehicle usage surges.
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Mercedes-Benz to deepen ties with Chinese auto suppliers
Reuters | 2019/1/24

STUTTGART -- Daimler plans to deepen partnerships with Chinese suppliers as part of efforts to develop electric and connected vehicles. Wilko Stark, board member for procurement at Mercedes-Benz, said the shift to electric and connected cars has made Mercedes-Benz more dependent on battery cell chemistry and connected-vehicle expertise from outside.

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  Toyota, Panasonic plan EV battery venture to challenge Chinese rivals, source says
Reuters | 2019/1/22

Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are poised to launch a joint venture next year to produce batteries for electric vehicles to compete with Chinese rivals, a source familiar with the matter said.   The joint venture, to be owned 51 percent by Toyota and the rest by Panasonic, could also provide batteries to Toyota's EV technology partners Mazda and Subaru, the source said.
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  Magna opens engineering joint venture with BAIC's EV unit
Automotive News China | 2019/1/18

Magna International has unveiled an automotive engineering joint venture with BAIC Motor Co.¡¯s electric vehicle subsidiary Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. in the east China city of Zhenjiang.   The new company will have 420 employees. It will engineer EVs for BJEV as well as other potential customers, Magna said. 
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  LG Chem to spend $1.07B to expand battery plants in China
Reuters | 2019/1/15

SEOUL -- South Korea's LG Chem plans to invest 1.2 trillion won ($1.07 billion) to expand two battery plants in China by 2020 in a bid to meet rising global demand.   Under the investment plan, LG Chem will spend 600 billion won each at an electric vehicle battery plant and a small-sized battery plant in Nanjing, the company said in a statement.
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  How Bosch adapted to Chinese startup Byton's faster timeline
Lindsay Chappell | 2018/12/21

Chinese EV startup Byton aims to do things in new ways -- going from concept to market with a new brand and new vehicle in just three years.    And in a big break from tradition, Byton is contracting with German supplier Bosch to create its entire electric powertrain. That is radical thinking in an industry where engines, horsepower, engine blocks and engine sounds have long been the carefully guarded trademarks of the brands that use them.
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  China's biggest EV charging network expects to end losses
Automotive News Europe | 2018/12/21

China¡¯s largest vehicle charging-network builder expects to break even this year as rising use of its poles in major cities starts to generate income.   Qingdao Tgood Electric Co. Chairman Yu Dexiang said by email that the company is already profitable in major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
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  Japan's Nidec to expand EV motor output outside China
Reuters | 2018/12/21

Nidec. Corp will add locations outside China to build motors for electric vehicles as the Japanese motor maker rethinks its supply strategy, the   Nikkei   business daily reported.   Because of U.S.-China trade tensions, Nidec has started shipping a number of its home electronics and auto parts from Mexico instead of China, the company's COO, Hiroyuki Yoshimoto, told the   Nikkei.   
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  LG, Samsung take heart as China flags more open car battery market
Reuters | 2018/12/21

For automotive battery makers LG Chem and Samsung SDI, China has begun to offer promise after painful, unprofitable investments.   The reason for their hardship: a government list of recommended battery suppliers published three years ago that became linked to generous car subsidies and did not include foreign companies.
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  SPECIAL VIDEO REPORT
Chinese dealers aim to learn from, invest in U.S. dealership groups
Automotive News TV | 2018/12/11

As new-vehicle sales cool in China, dealers are turning to their highly respected U.S. counterparts to learn how to create additional revenue streams in stores while preparing for potential investments in America.
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  Pininfarina, behind surge in clients, expanding China design team
Automotive News China | 2018/11/30

Italian automotive design house Pininfarina plans to increase the number of employees in China to 80 next year from 50 as it continues to win business from local automakers.   The number of auto design clients the company has landed in China has doubled in the past two years, Pininfarina said.
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  Brose launches output at 1.4 billion yuan Taicang plant
Automotive News China | 2018/11/30

Brose Group launched output at a new plant in Taicang in the east China city of Suzhou as the German supplier continues to hike production in China.
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  U.S. chipmaker Nvidia to provide AI platform for Chinese EV startups
Reuters | 2018/11/23

U.S. chipmaker Nvidia Corp. signed separate deals with Chinese electric vehicle startups XPeng Motors, Singulato Motors and SF Motors to develop autonomous driving technology. The companies separately said they will work on a series of projects from data collection to machine learning.
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