The plant is in the capacity ramp-up phase and is already at approximately 60 percent of its design capacity.

CATL already supplying batteries to Tesla from its new facility few blocks from Giga Shanghai-CnEVPost

Months after construction began on Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL)'s new battery factory project near Tesla's Giga Shanghai, the plant is already supplying batteries to the electric vehicle maker, again demonstrating China speed.

CATL's plant in Lingang, Shanghai, started supplying Tesla's factory a few blocks away in November 2021, local media outlet Shanghai Observer reported today.

The report cited a CATL (SHE: 300750) source as saying that the plant is in the capacity ramp-up phase and has already achieved about 60 percent of its design capacity.

Neither the report nor previous public information disclosed CATL's design capacity for the plant.

The Lingang Group, which is responsible for managing the area, had set up a task force for CATL's new plant and found an existing facility at a suitable location for the company, according to the report.

The plant's standards, including length, width and height, met CATL's requirements and required only some interior renovations and minor modifications to start production, saving it seven to eight months, according to the report.

On August 18 last year, CATL and the Shanghai Municipal Government signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement to build a manufacturing base in Shanghai.

CATL aimed to build a project in Shanghai that includes a global innovation center, an international functional headquarters, a future energy research institute and a high-end manufacturing base, according to an announcement by a company at the time.

The two sides will deepen cooperation in the areas of cutting-edge new energy technology research and innovative applications, urban transportation electrification transformation, and new energy high-end talent cultivation, the announcement said.

The agreement was signed at the time with CATL by Lingang Group, which manages the new Lingang area that is home to Tesla's Giga Shanghai.

CATL is China's largest power battery maker, with 11.45 GWh installed in China in November and a 55 percent market share, according to the China Automotive Battery Innovation Alliance.

CATL already supplying batteries to Tesla from its new facility few blocks from Giga Shanghai-CnEVPost

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