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November 23, 2021

CATL deal will develop global aftersales with ZF

The two companies will develop aftermarket service networks for EV batteries as well as “battery related training, connectivity and re-purposing”.

By Graeme Roberts

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) signed a deal with ZF to collaborate in the global automotive aftermarket to provide services for the growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) worldwide fitted with CATL batteries.

In a statement, the EV battery manufacturer said the agreement “represents an important step in CATL’s globalisation strategy. It aims to improve the core competitiveness of both CATL and ZF in the e-mobility sector”.

CATL said the two companies would join forces to develop aftermarket service networks for EV batteries in major markets, as well as “battery-related training, connectivity and re-purposing”.

The agreement would allow CATL to rapidly strengthen its aftersales capability and efficiency by using ZF’s network of 10,000 aftermarket outlets. ZF would benefit by increasing its exposure to a segment with significant growth potential.

CATL added the agreement provided for “ZF and CATL to facilitate mutual transfer of knowledge and expertise to enable the establishment of a sustainable ecosystem and with that an attractive mobility experience for everyone”.

President Zhou Jia said: “The [deal] with ZF is an important step towards developing a global comprehensive value chain of batteries.”

Holger Klein, a ZF board member, said in a statement: “Together with CATL we will bring the global footprint and leading service [products] of our aftermarket division further into play.”

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