Volvo enters electric car battery deal with Chinese makers


Swedish car giant, Volvo said it has signed long-term battery supply deals with two Asian battery makers.

Volvo said it signed the agreement with LG Chem and Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL), as it pushes its electrification strategy.

The company is 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 News Hakan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars, as quote cited by Reuters News.

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.