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By Ding Yi / Jun 30, 2020 04:17 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) has begun construction of a lab to develop advanced clean energy technologies, as the Chinese battery maker grows to become an integral member of the global supply chain for electric vehicles.

The 3.3 billion yuan ($466.7 million) facility, officially named 21C Lab, will focus on developing next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems, new energy conversion systems and technologies related to metal lithium batteries, all-solid-state batteries and sodium-ion batteries, CATL said in a statement released last week.

Located in Ningde in southeast China’s Fujian province where CATL is headquartered, the lab is scheduled to start operations at the end of 2021, according to the statement.

CATL, a supplier for Tesla, has been increasing investment in vehicle battery development as governments across the world announce plans to phase out the production and sale of gasoline-powered cars, to be replaced by new energy vehicles, as part of efforts to fight air pollution.

Recently, CATL chairman Zeng Yuqun revealed during an interview that the company was ready to produce a battery capable of powering a car for 1.24 million miles over a 16-year lifespan, making them much more competitive than ordinary vehicle batteries which come with warranties covering about 150,000 miles.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Related: Chinese Battery Maker CATL Confirms Partnership with Tesla


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