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Panasonic extends global EV battery production

Panasonic has opened an 80,000m2 electric vehicle battery factory in China – one of three it will operate worldwide as it steps up production ahead of consumer demand.

The Panasonic factory in Dalian, China

The Panasonic factory in Dalian, China

The company said it expects to have new sites in Japan and the United States, the latter in partnership with Tesla, open in the near future, enabling it to supply lithium-ion batteries to carmakers on a global scale.

Based in Dalian, not far from the North Korean border, the Chinese factory is a joint venture with Dalian Levear Electric Co, founded in February 2016, and will employ 500 staff, Panasonic said.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.