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Electric cars in China

China's car battery king to open Japan sales hub

CATL seeks stronger bond with Honda and Nissan as capacity grows

Lithium-ion battery maker CATL looks to build plants in China, the U.S. and Europe in order to double capacity to 50 gigawatt-hours by 2020.

TOKYO -- Chinese automotive battery giant CATL debuts a sales base in Japan late this month as it moves to forge stronger relationships with the automakers here.

Fujian Province-based CATL, or Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd., will send battery technicians to the Yokohama site within the year to assist clients. For now, the hub will employ several dozen people.

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