Fiat Chrysler to invest in electric car production in Canada

MONTREAL (AFP) – Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has committed to a multi-year investment in assembling electric vehicles in Canada and to add up to 2,000 new jobs, a union representing some of the carmaker’s workers announced on Thursday.

The company has agreed to invest up to CAD1.5 billion (USD1.1 billion) in southern Ontario’s Windsor plant as part of a tentative three-year deal with union Unifor, the group’s national president Jerry Dias said in a statement.

Under the deal, Fiat Chrysler’s investment would outfit the factory to assemble plug-in hybrids and battery-powered vehicles, with at least one new model in 2025, he added.

Up to 2,000 jobs would be added to the Windsor plant in 2024, according to the union, which comes after roughly 1,500 positions were cut at the factory earlier this year.