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    BYD: Rumors of cell factory with JLR in the UKBYD could build a battery cell factory in the UK to supply Jaguar Land Rover, according to insiders. Corresponding discussions between BYD and JLR are currently ongoing. Britain's unclear future trade relationship with the EU is delaying BYD's decision.

    JLR and BYD are also investigating whether they will also work together to develop electric drives. The specialist magazine "Automotive News" reports that the source is a person familiar with the processes.

    In addition to the still unclear status of the economic relationship between the EU and Great Britain, there is another hurdle according to the source: BYD therefore prefer a "more structured cooperation agreement and not a simple supplier relationship". This wording leaves some leeway - conceivable would be mutual equity investments or the establishment of a production joint venture. However, it seems as if the Chinese want their partner to participate in the investments in the battery cell plant. According to the "Automotive News", the company should also check other European locations - if JLR does not cooperate.

    With the Jaguar I-Pace, Jaguar Land Rover has so far only offered a fully electric model, which is being built at Magna Steyr in Austria - the battery cells come from LG Chem's European plant in Poland. The Castle Bromwich plant in England is currently being converted for the production of fully electric cars, where the successor to the Jaguar XJ is also to be manufactured. Subsequently, JLR plans to launch further e-models based on the flexible MLA platform, which in addition to BEV also enables PHEV and MHEV.

    BYD already operates two plants in Europe, but Komarom (Hungary) and Beauvais (France) do not build battery cells, but electric buses. The Chinese company has already achieved some sales successes in Europe with electric buses - most recently 15 e-buses were delivered in Madrid . The sale of BYD's first electric car, the Tang 600EV e-SUV, is slated to start in Europe this year - but initially only in Norway as a model test.

    BYD was founded in 1995 as a battery producer. The BYD Auto division (which is responsible for e-buses as well as e-buses) has only been around since 2003. So far, BYD has only been producing e-buses in Europe, but no battery cells yet - these are imported from China. BYD launched a new LFP battery in March . The so-called "blade battery" should have a higher energy density and, above all, be safer. The "Blade Battery" is installed for the first time in the Han E-Sedan. This model could also be offered later in Europe .
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