German automakers lean on others for battery cells

Plans by China’s CATL to build a #battery cell factory in Germany should serve as a wake-up call for the national car industry, industry watchers say, as a lack of its own production capacity risks leaving it exposed in a dawning era of electric mobility.

BMW Finalizes Accord to Start Producing Electric Minis in China

#BMW AG will make #Mini cars in China for the first time, sealing a joint-venture agreement to produce electric vehicles with partner Great Wall Motor Co. in the world’s largest automotive market. The 50-50 owned venture will make #battery -powered vehicles for both partners at a new plant in Jiangsu Province, BMW said in a statement Tuesday.