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Date: September 19, 2023
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Gotion and Inobat to Build EV Battery Plant in Europe by 2026

The plant, construction of which will commence this year, will have an initial production capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours (GWh). However, InoBat's CEO hinted that production could be gradually increased over time.
Gotion Inobat EV Battery Plant Europe

Chinese battery manufacturer Gotion High Tech and Slovakian battery startup InoBat have announced their joint plan to build an electric vehicle (EV) battery factory in Europe.

Construction of the plant will commence this year, with completion expected by 2026.

Marian Bocek, Co-founder and CEO of InoBat, mentioned that the companies are finalizing the plant’s location, considering several European countries.

Marian Bocek, Co-funder and CEO of InoBat.
Marian Bocek, Co-funder and CEO of InoBat.

The factory will have an initial production capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours (GWh), with the possibility of gradual expansion, according to Bocek.

This announcement follows the recent news that Gotion was acquiring a 25% stake in InoBat, providing technological and supply chain support to the startup as it ramps up EV battery production.

Gotion’s main shareholder is Volkswagen, as the company holds an “exclusive contract with Volkswagen to supply EV batteries outside of China.” Gotion is also building a $2.36 billion battery plant in Michigan and a $2 billion facility in Illinois.

Other Battery Projects in Europe

Europe’s efforts to establish its own EV battery industry and reduce dependence on major Asian manufacturers have attracted limited ongoing investments, as funding for startups has dwindled amid high-interest rates and economic uncertainty.

Last month, Swedish lithium-ion battery producer Northvolt, serving customers like Volkswagen and Volvo Cars, announced raising $1.2 billion in investments.

In the same vein, last week, French battery startup Verkor secured over €2 billion (approximately $2.13 billion) in funding to construct a gigafactory in Dunkirk.

InoBat currently operates a pilot battery production line in Slovakia and has also signed memoranda of understanding with the governments of Spain and Serbia to build EV battery plants.

Read more: Tata Motors will invest more than 4.6 billion in its gigafactory for batteries in UK

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