The British company that makes the world’s most popular electric cars says it is ready to make new batteries from the United States if the Trump administration blocks the import of some parts.
General Motors, which has been trying to convince the Trump government to lift import restrictions on parts from China, is trying to sell its batteries in the United Kingdom and Germany.
It said Monday it would start talks with German auto supplier Bosch to buy battery packs for the electric cars in the two countries, which both are major export markets.
It also said it would look at buying batteries from Japan.
The Trump administration has threatened to halt U.S. trade with the world and imposed import duties on cars from Mexico, but there has been no move to halt imports.
The U.K. is already the world leader in electric car production, having sold nearly a quarter of its cars to date.
GM said it was ready to sell batteries in Germany if the German government did not lift import barriers on certain components, which would be particularly important in Europe, where many of the electric car markets are located.
“If the U. S. government does not act quickly to protect U. K. and other European automotive manufacturers from a threat to the global supply chain, we will be prepared to enter the European market, GM said in a statement.
GM has been in discussions with Bosch about purchasing battery packs, and the company said it will announce the decision in coming days.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has been a major investor in German automotive companies, especially in batteries, but it has also been a big opponent of U.N. sanctions on Iran and China.
It is not clear if GM will go to Germany.
The company said that it had already reached out to Bosch and German officials, and it had not yet been told whether it will be able to buy batteries from them.
We have always been on the lookout for viable battery technology to use for electric vehicles,” the company wrote.