Chinese manufacturer Geely Auto opened a new research and development facility - the Geely Auto Technical Deutschland (GATD) at Raunheim near Frankfurt, Germany with a focus on new energy solutions and next-generation mobility technology.

According to the press release, GATD will be primarily developing premium electric cars. About 300 engineers will find employment at the facility.

Geely, as the owner of Volvo Cars and shareholder of Daimler, is expanding its global presence on a new wave of electrified cars. In the near future, Geely is expected to sell in Europe plug-in electric cars under the Lynk & Co and Polestar brands. Lynk & Co cars will be produced in Belgium.

"The Geely Auto Technical Deutschland (GATD) facility, close to Frankfurt airport, is expected to employ around 300 engineers and technology specialists within the next few years, as the group accelerates its presence in electrification and new energy vehicles.

The new centre will have a particular focus on developing premium electric cars, augmenting R&D already underway at facilities across the Geely network, which includes the world-leading Geely Research Institute in Hangzhou Bay as well as the China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) in Gothenburg, and centres in Linjiang, China, and Coventry, UK. Geely Auto Group currently has over 20,000 engineers of which over 2500 are focused on new energy technologies."

Mr Feng Qing Feng, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Geely Auto Group said:

“We are delighted to extend our worldwide R&D capabilities to Germany, where we hope to take advantage of high-quality skills and technical capabilities in the country’s automotive industry. Technologies developed at GATD will enhance the pace of innovation at our portfolio of brands, which are pioneering new systems in electrification, autonomous-drive systems and connectivity.”

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