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Electric cars in China

Honda puts winning formula to work with China's CATL

Long experience with Chinese partners will help in tie-up with battery leader

A Honda Li Nian EV concept car is displayed during a media preview at the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing on April 25.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Honda Motor has picked China's fast-growing electric battery king Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) as a partner to develop an electric vehicle.  While many Japanese companies remain skeptical of CATL, the world's largest battery maker, Honda's decision came as no surprise given the automaker's long history of working closely with Chinese partners. 

Honda announced last week that the two companies will collaborate to develop batteries and related technologies for Honda's mainstay electric models. Those models, key to its global strategy, will be introduced in China and elsewhere by the first half of 2020.

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