The new Automotive Cells Company battery plant for electric cars (a joint venture of Stellantis and Total) could generate between 1,400 and 2,000 jobs by 2030 in Douvrin (62).
The joint venture Automotive Cells Company (ACC) was created last year by Stellantis and Saft, a subsidiary of the Total group and specialist in batteries, to support the growth in demand for electric vehicles on the European market. It has an R&D center in Bruges (33) and a pilot plant (Photo) at Nersac (16), who are working on the development of new high performance lithium-ion cell technologies, to equip electric car batteries.
Serial production is expected to start in the coming years in two “GigaFactories” from Stellantis, in Douvrin (62) and in Kaiserslautern (Germany). The ACC plant in Douvrin will be located on the site of Française de Mécanique, a subsidiary of Stellantis which produces the engines for the group’s models, and will be built from next year, to start production at the end of 2023. .
Automotive Cells Company: batteries for Stellantis models, but not exclusively
Between 350 and 500 people are expected to work there in 2024, according to Yann Vincent, CEO of ACC: “The manufacturing processes that we are going to use are very automated and very sophisticated in their operation. We are going to need competent automated line operators, maintenance professionals, some chemistry experts, quality technicians ”. Ultimately, the Douvrin plant could generate between 1,400 and 2,000 jobs by 2030.
In total on the two sites, Automotive Cells Company aims to achieve a cumulative production capacity of 48 GWh by 2030. The batteries produced will be able to equip approximately each year. a million cars (more than 10% of the European market), models of the Stellantis group, but not only: “We are already discussing with all the manufacturers. Our ambition is to be the European leader in battery cells and modules for electric vehicles ”, according to Yann Vincent.
Sources: Stellantis, AFP
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