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Stellantis pours billions more into Canada, electric

NEW YORK (AP) – Automaker Stellantis said on Monday it will invest CAD3.6 billion (USD2.8 billion) to upgrade two Canadian assembly plants and expand a research centre as it accelerates its long-term electrification strategy.

Combined with its March announcement of a joint venture battery plant with LG Energy Solution, the new investment gives Stellantis an overall investment in Ontario of CAD8.6 billion.

“These investments re-affirm our long-term commitment to Canada and represent an important step as we move toward zero-emission vehicles that deliver on our customers’ desire for innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility,” said Stellantis North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Stewart.

Amsterdam-based Stellantis was formed last year with the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot and is the world’s fourth-largest automaker.

Its long-term global strategy is to invest CAD45 billion through 2025 in electrification and software. The company plans to sell five million electric vehicles by 2030, with 50 per cent of its North American passenger-car and light-truck sales going fully electric by 2030. It plans to sell only electric passenger cars in Europe by 2030.

In March, Stellantis announced that a joint venture between it and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution to build a large electric vehicle battery factory in Windsor, Ontario, employing about 2,500 people just across a river from Detroit.

That venture plans to spend CAD5 billion to build the new plant on a field in the Canadian city.

It’s expected to open early in 2024 and will be able to make battery cells and modules for over 500,000 electric vehicles per year.