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CATL Buys Stake in EV Startup Aiways; Pair Will Develop Next-Generation Batteries
Zhang Yushuo
DATE:  May 07 2021
/ SOURCE:  Yicai
CATL Buys Stake in EV Startup Aiways; Pair Will Develop Next-Generation Batteries CATL Buys Stake in EV Startup Aiways; Pair Will Develop Next-Generation Batteries

(Yicai Global) May 7 -- China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology, the world’s largest battery maker, has bought a stake in new energy vehicle startup Aiways. The two parties will work together to develop next-generation electric vehicle batteries, the National Business Daily reported yesterday.

CATL unit Ningbo Meishan Bonded Port Area Wending Investment has injected CNY3.1 million (USD476,715) in Shanghai-based Aiways, accounting for 0.4 percent of Aiways' shares, according to corporate data platform Tianyancha.

The batteries used in Aiways’ second electric model, the U6, will be jointly developed by the two parties, Aiways confirmed. They will also collaborate on multiple levels of the battery industrial chain including recycling and data sharing in overseas markets.

The cash injection may boost Aiways’ valuation to over USD2 billion. Since it was set up in 2017, the company has raised over CNY8 billion (USD1.2 billion) in six rounds of financing.

At present, Aiways lags behind its competitors, such as Nio, Xpeng, Li Auto and WM Motors, in sales volume. The carmaker only shipped 2,600 vehicles last year and just 881 units in the first two months of this year.

Editor: Kim Taylor

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Keywords:   CATL,Aiways,battery