The battery plant will support electric two-wheeler and power tool manufacturers in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, Eve Energy said.

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Chinese lithium battery maker Eve Energy will build a new battery factory in Malaysia, just days after announcing it would build a plant in Hungary.

Eve Energy Malaysia, the Malaysian arm of Eve Energy, signed a memorandum of understanding with Pemaju Kelang Lama Sdn Bhd (PKL) on May 12 to buy land from the latter to set up a lithium battery manufacturing plant in Malaysia, according to a stock exchange announcement.

The land is 66.58083 acres (26.9 hectares) and the price is 164 million ringgit ($36.6 million), according to the May 12 announcement.

The signing of the MOU marks the effective advancement of Eve Energy's cylindrical lithium battery manufacturing project, which will further meet the company's need to scale up its cylindrical battery capacity, the announcement said.

The battery plant will support electric two-wheeler and power tool manufacturers in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, and continue to consolidate and enhance the company's presence in these areas, Eve Energy said.

Eve Energy, one of the world's largest power battery manufacturers, installed 2.4 GWh of batteries worldwide in the first quarter, up 75.5 percent year-on-year, according to data released by South Korean market research firm SNE Research on May 3.

This puts Eve Energy in 9th place globally with a 1.8 percent share, while and are the top two with 35.0 percent and 16.2 percent shares, respectively.

The announcement comes two days after Eve Energy announced on May 10 that its subsidiary EVE Power Hungary had signed an agreement with Debreceni, a subsidiary of the Hungarian government of Debrecen, to purchase land owned by the latter in the city's northwest industrial zone for the production of cylindrical power cells.

The land in Hungary covers 45 hectares and the purchase price is 22.5 euros per square meter plus VAT, for a total price of about 12.86 million euros ($14.1 million).

The deal will meet the company's need for production land for future growth and further expand its capacity for power and energy storage batteries, Eve Energy said at the time.

Eve Energy's announcement provided no further information, though the move appears to be in preparation for supplying BMW.

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