BERLIN -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany should work with other European countries to develop the region's own battery-cell production for electric cars.
"I think we should, within the framework of our own strategic abilities, work with other European countries on our own battery-cell production," Merkel told a news conference in Berlin.
Europe has no significant production of the constituent cells of battery packs - a market currently dominated by a handful of firms including China's CATL and Korean rivals LG Chem and Samsung.
The comments were echoed on Wednesday by Merkel’s Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, who said he expects European companies to make progress by the end of the year in moving toward European production of solid state battery cells.
"It is clear that this would be a private enterprise, but we will happily support it politically. We are confident that we will have more concrete results by the end of the year," a spokeswoman for the minister said.
"Minister Altmaier imagines battery cell production (being based) in Germany. That is his wish, but likely also in other EU member states," she said.