XQEng Inc XPEV has diversified its battery suppliers and does not count industry giant CATL as its primary supplier, said Brian Gu, President of the Chinese electric car maker, according to Reuters.
As per Chinese consulting firm Gaogong Industry InstituteXPeng was CATL’s third-largest client after Tesla Inc TSLA and NIO Inc NIO in terms of battery volumes installed in 2021, the report said.
What Happened: According to Gu, the company now uses several battery makers in addition to CATL. “We have already diversified our battery supplier arrangement. CATL is no longer our largest material supplier. We actually have worked with several high-quality battery suppliers, for example, EVE, CALB,” Gu stated according to the report.
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XPeng is working with a smaller Chinese battery maker Sunwoda Electronic Co. Ltd. to develop a fast-charging battery for the G9, the report said. This would enable the SUV to reach 80% charge in 15 minutes, it said.
The report quoted the China Automotive Battery Innovation Alliance which indicates CATL still remains far ahead of its competitors, commanding a market share of 47.45% in China. At the same time, CALB ranked third and Sunwoda ranked fifth, accounting for 7% and 2.5%, respectively, of the total battery supplies in the first eight months, it said.
Why It Matters: The move comes in the wake of Chinese EV-makers trying to control costs after CATL hiked prices this year. As price surges in key metals such as lithium began weighing on CATL’s profit margins, the company raised battery prices in March, according to a Reuters report.
XPeng did not immediately respond to an email seeking comments. CATL did not immediately respond to a query posted on its website.