This episode was originally published on [November 14, 2022] (https://www.npr.org/2022/11/11/1136168574/how-electric-vehicles-got-their-juice) This week, Ford announced it was pausing work on a new $3.5 billion battery plant in Michigan. President of the United Auto Workers, Shawn Fain, viewed this as a "thinly veiled threat" to cut jobs. But this is a factory that's had controversy surrounding it even before this decision. And it all centers around a company called Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited, or CATL.Today, a classic Indicator on the history behind one of the most divisive factory plans in America and the man leading the charge behind the world's transition to electric vehicles.For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org.] (http://plus.npr.org/) Music by [Drop Electric] (https://dropelectric.bandcamp.com/) . Find us: [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney) , [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/planetmoney/) , [Facebook] (https://www.facebook.com/planetmoney) , [Newsletter] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) .