FILE PHOTO: A worker stands outside a factory of Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd (CATL) in Ningde, Fujian province, China, December 16, 2016. Picture taken December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jake Spring

The 56-year-old founder and chairman of the world’s top electric vehicle (EV) battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (CATL) struck an upbeat note in a recent exclusive interview with Caixin, saying that construction work on the company’s $3.5 billion US plant with Ford is “progressing smoothly” and that the prospects for EVs in China are ever brighter.

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