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Europe Floors It in the Race to Dominate Car Batteries

Asia has had a good head start, but the EU is determined to catch up.

Contemporary Amperex Technology expanding its factory in Arnstadt, Germany, on Oct. 29, 2019.  

Contemporary Amperex Technology expanding its factory in Arnstadt, Germany, on Oct. 29, 2019.  

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Outside the German town of Arnstadt, workers for China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) are hustling to build Europe’s biggest electric-car battery plant.

The  site, which covers an area equivalent to about 100 football fields, previously housed one of the continent’s largest solar-panel factories. During a visit in October, wooden crates filled with surplus equipment were stacked up outside the metal-clad structure to make way for car-battery-making equipment. Roaring bulldozers swarmed a nearby lot to prep for construction of a new building.