Automotive company Geely Auto Group has opened a new research and development centre in Germany, focused on new propulsion systems and next-generation mobility technology.
The Geely Auto Technical Deutschland (GATD) facility at Raunheim, close to Frankfurt airport, is expected to employ around 300 engineers and technology specialists within the next few years, as the group increases its presence in electrification and new energy vehicles.
According to the company, the new centre will have a particular focus on developing premium electric cars, augmenting R&D already underway at facilities across Geely Auto’s network, including the Geely Research Institute in Hangzhou Bay, the China Euro Vehicle Technology (CEVT) in Gothenburg, and centres in Linjiang, China, and Coventry, UK.
The group currently has over 20,000 engineers, with more than 2,500 of them focused on new energy technologies.
The new research and development centre will report directly to Feng Qing Feng, the company’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.
“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,” said Feng.
“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.”