GWM seeks partners for EV production in Brazil
The Brazil division of Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors (GWM) is looking to nationalize parts for its upcoming hybrid and electric models, a move which could make the brand more attractive to the local market.
GWM is looking for local partners interested in producing semiconductors, batteries and other complex electronic items for locally produced models. It is currently negotiating with potential suppliers in Brazil capable of meeting the start of its production of some 100,000 units per year, scheduled for the second half of 2024.
The idea is not just to find partners to meet GWM's demand, but to meet the demand of other national manufacturers so that production can be done in large scale.
Conversations between GWM and representatives from Brazil’s auto parts manufacturers association Sindipeças will take place in March. Thereafter, it will be clearer as to which companies are interested in continuing with the negotiations.
photo: 2023 GWM Haval H6 hybrid SUV (courtesy of GWM)