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BYD reported to begin supplying EV batteries to Xiaomi and Nio

BYD is making a play for a bigger share of the electric vehicle (EV) battery market, as local media reported on March 25 that Nio is currently testing BYD’s lithium-ion batteries for use in its electric crossovers, citing people familiar with the matter. Smartphone maker Xiaomi also recently reached an agreement with Fudi Battery, a spin-off of BYD, to test and validate its first car with the automaker’s so-called blade batteries, which boast less risk of overheating than cobalt batteries, according to the report. The companies declined to comment on the report. [36Kr, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi EV expects to begin mass production in the first half of 2024: Lei Jun

Xiaomi is targeting the first half of 2024 to mass produce its first electric vehicle, CEO Lei Jun reportedly said on Tuesday at its annual investor meeting. The company announced an electric vehicle subsidiary in March. Lei said the project is progressing ahead of schedule. Xiaomi shares rose more than 4.68% to HK$22.35 in Tuesday’s morning session. [The Paper, in Chinese]

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India demands Xiaomi pay $88 million in import taxes

The finance ministry of India has demanded Xiaomi pay INR 6.53 ($88 million) in import taxes that the Chinese tech company allegedly owes. Xiaomi’s Indian arm has evaded customs duties by not adding some royalty and license fees into transaction values between Apr. 1, 2017 and Jun. 30, 2020, a statement from the Indian government claimed. The Beijing-based smartphone manufacturer said in a Wednesday response that it has yet to agree with the Indian authorities, adding that the issue is caused by a disagreement on the methodology used to determine the price for imported goods. [CNBC]

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Xiaomi to set up electric car manufacturing plant in Beijing

Consumer electronics brand Xiaomi will set up an electric car manufacturing plant and establish its auto unit headquarters in the Beijing Economic and Technological Development Zone, according to a statement published by authorities in the capital on Saturday. The factory will have a production capacity of 300,000 vehicles with mass production scheduled for 2024, local authorities said. The Chinese smartphone giant has backed a slew of car-related startups this year as part of its RMB 10 billion ($1.52 billion) investment plan to build a complete auto supply chain. [Beijing E-Town statement, in Chinese]