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Tesla signs agreement with CATL battery maker

By Wang Junwei | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-02-20 13:05
China-made Tesla Model 3 electric vehicles are seen at the gigafactory of electric car maker Tesla Inc in Shanghai, Dec 2, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

China's leading power battery maker, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd, announced Thursday it has signed a volume production supply pricing agreement with US carmaker Tesla, according to China Securities Journal.

CATL said "the cooperation is not an 'intentional agreement'", and "Tesla will purchase lithium-ion power batteries from CATL."

Investors shall rely on its official announcement, the company said.

According to a previous Reuters report on Tuesday, Tesla is in talks to use CATL's cobalt-free batteries in cars made at its Shanghai plant, citing people familiar with the matter.

The US automaker will adopt the so-called lithium iron phosphate batteries in its lineup so as to cut cost, Reuters said.

CATL saw its shares a sharp surge by the midday on Feb 20, gaining 5.32 percent to 161.35 yuan per share ($22.98).

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