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BorgWarner Signs International Strategic Relationship Agreement with FinDreams Battery for LFP Battery Packs

08 February 2024
  • BorgWarner to be the preferred manufacturer of LFP battery packs for commercial vehicle markets (class 3 and above) in Europe, the Americas, and parts of Asia Pacific 

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE: BWA) today announced a strategic relationship agreement with FinDreams Battery, a subsidiary of BYD Company Limited. Under this agreement, BorgWarner will be the only non-OEM localized manufacturer, unaffiliated with FinDreams Battery, with rights to localize LFP battery packs for commercial vehicles utilizing FinDreams Battery blade cells in Europe, the Americas, and select regions of Asia Pacific. The duration of the agreement is 8 years.

In addition to receiving state-of-the-art blade cells for manufacturing LFP battery packs in the covered geographies, BorgWarner will receive a license from FinDreams Battery to use FinDreams Battery's intellectual property related to its battery pack design and manufacturing process.

"The lithium iron phosphate battery chemistry is an exciting technology that is becoming increasingly important globally due to its cost competitiveness. We have seen increased demand from our customers for packs with LFP cells," said Frédéric Lissalde, President and CEO of BorgWarner. "We believe FinDreams Battery is right for BorgWarner in this area, with its 20-plus years of experience and success in LFP batteries for the mobility sector across China and Europe. We are excited to work together to develop cutting-edge cell and battery pack technology to further electrify this market segment."

Micheal He, President and CEO of FinDreams Battery, said, "At the key timing of complicated geopolitics and starting point of lithium ion phosphate electrification for overseas commercial vehicles, the overseas localization cooperation with BorgWarner on battery packs using FDB blade cells in the territory takes the advantages of each other's strengths, provides diversified and flexible options for overseas customers, and also offers extra access to localized battery packs using FDB blade cells for overseas customers. Devoted to the vision of 'let people use batteries carefree', FDB will cooperate with BorgWarner to make joint efforts for the speedy electrification of the overseas commercial vehicle market."

About BorgWarner

For more than 130 years, BorgWarner has been a transformative global product leader bringing successful mobility innovation to market. Today, we're accelerating the world's transition to eMobility — to help build a cleaner, healthier, safer future for all.

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