It is “really significant” that the European Union set up its own battery cell fabrication to safeguard its part in the automotive business as it swings to electric mobility.
This declaration has been made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“If China is opening the first battery cell production here, then that is nice. Then battery cells are being made in Europe too. But I don’t know whether it was our dream that we cannot do that ourselves in the European Union,” German Chancellor stated at an industry conference.
“I am still advocating that we develop the strategic ability to produce battery cells too. I believe that will be extremely important in the next decades,” Merkel added up.
Battery cells are a major arena in the automotive business as it shifts to electric mobility.
At present, the industry sources said that its needs from Asian makers like CATL, which proposes to set up its first European production site in Germany.
“It is clear that this would be a private enterprise, but we will happily support it politically. We are confident that we will have more concrete results by the end of the year. Minister Altmaier imagines battery cell production (being based) in Germany. That is his wish, but likely also in other EU member states,” she said.
This may now alter as the German administration discloses proposals to make an investment of a billion euro each in two mass fabrication plants. Whilst aspects remain scarce, one could be situated in Lausitz, a region beforehand recognized for its coal industry.
In addition, it borders on Poland with the aim of a bilateral project may be a likelihood. This is even more likely in light of a recent Polish-German battery coalition that could track the case of Airbus.
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