The central government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has approved China BAK Battery Inc.'s lithium-phosphate project for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles as a key project in the PRC's prestigious National High Technology Research and Development Program or 863 Program. In addition to up to $3.1 million under the 863 Program, China BAK is eligible for additional grants from the Shenzhen municipal government. The company claims to be one of the world's largest makers of lithium-based battery cells in the world. A major supplier of batteries for electronic devices, China BAK is expanding into batteries for electric and hybrid-electric vehicles through its subsidiary BAK International (Tianjin) Ltd. The subsidiary recently opened its first lithium-phosphate cell production line in Tianjin.