The company is building its first research and development center outside of China in Kottingbrunn, Lower Austria. The group will invest about EUR 20 million over the next three years. 150 employees will be responsible for further developing electric drives in Austria. They will particularly focus on drive components such as electric engines, power electronics and special software for electric-powered and hybrid vehicles.
The Great Wall Motors Company was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Baoding in the Chinese province of Hebei. The company employs more than 82,000 people across the globe. In 2016 it manufactured 1.2 million vehicles. It owns the brands Great Wall, Haval and Wey.