Stellantis celebrates launch of new battery gigafactory in Europe

(Credit: Stellantis)

Stellantis recently celebrated the launch of its new battery gigafactory in Europe. The automaker announced the inauguration of Automotive Cells Company’s (ACC) battery gigafactory in Billy-Berclau Douvrin, France. 

“As we execute our Dare Forward 2030 strategy and now move to hit our ambitious target of achieving carbon net zero by 2038, Stellantis is actively contributing to the European electrification transition with state-of-the-art EV solutions and supporting France’s crucial role in a sustainable future. I applaud every person involved in ACC for together we are building a strong coalition to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness,” said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. 

Stellantis worked with TotalEnergies and Mercedez-Benz on the ACC battery gigafactory in France. The new battery facility is expected to have an initial production capacity of 13 GWh. Stellantis aims to have a production capacity of up to 40 GWh at the France-based gigafactory by 2030. The automaker hopes to produce high-performance lithium-ion batteries with a minimal CO2 footprint at the facility. 

The gigafactory in France is the first of three battery facilities Stellantis plans to launch in Europe. Stellantis has ambitious battery manufacturing goals to achieve by 2030. 

“At the outset of this partnership in 2020, we agreed to an ambitious global timeline to develop electric vehicle batteries that would power our plan to electrify mobility,” commented Tavares. 

In total, the legacy automaker aims to reach a battery manufacturing capacity of 250 GWh in Europe. It plans to reach a capacity of 400 GWh with all five of its planned gigafactories located in Europe and North America—along with other supply contracts. 

Stellantis is continuously experimenting and researching battery chemistries. It believes that innovations like Factorial’s solid-state battery technology and Lyten’s lithium-sulfur batteries may help enhance battery electric vehicle (BEV) performance and customer experience. 

Stellantis set steep goals for the BEV market, too. It plans to double its BEV offerings to 47 by the end of 2024. Currently, the company has 24 BEVs in the market. The Peugeot e-208 and Fiat New 500 are among its BEV lineup, both top best-sellers in Europe. By 2030, Stellantis hopes to offer more than 75 BEVs in its lineup and reach a global BEV sales of 5 million units. 

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