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China's CATL to supply batteries for Daimler electric trucks

Global leader lines up European clients ahead of German plant's launch

CATL will open a lithium-ion battery factory in Germany in 2021, supplying electric vehicles such as Daimler's Freightliner trucks. (Photo from Daimler website)

GUANGZHOU -- China's CATL, the world leader in electric vehicle batteries, struck a deal to supply the devices for trucks from German automaker Daimler starting in 2021.

The lithium-ion batteries will be installed in truck models under Daimler's Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner brands, CATL said Wednesday. The supply volume was not disclosed.

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