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Stellantis evaluates building a gigafactory of batteries for electric cars in Spain

The group stellantis, born as a result of the merger at the beginning of 2021 of FCA (FIAT-Chrysler) and PSA (Peugeot-Citroën, Opel), has three vehicle factories in our country: Figueruelas (Zaragoza), Vigo (Pontevedra) and Villaverde ( Madrid). Today, the company is the largest automobile producer in Spain.

The automotive giant is evaluating the possible award of the future electric platform STLA Small to their Spanish factories. This architecture, which will replace the current eCMP, will be used in cars in segments A (urban), B (utility) and C (compact). Let us remember that the three plants assemble models based on the eCMP: Citroën ë-C4 and ë-C4 X in Villaverde, Opel Corsa-e in Figueruelas and Peugeot e-2008 in Vigo.

In parallel, Stellantis is also studying the construction of a battery gigafactory, which would complement those already announced in Germany, France and Italy. At the moment, the company has not made a final decision on its location, since is also considering raising it in neighboring Portugal.

Since the facilities would be operated by ACC (Automotive Cells Company)a consortium formed by Mercedes-Benz, Saft (TotalEnergies) and Stellantis itself, it is possible that our country starts with a certain advantage, since the star’s firm also manufactures electric commercial vehicles in Vitoria (Álava).

Stellantis factory in Vigo

Stellantis could manufacture its future small electric cars in Spain

Spain is currently the second largest car manufacturer in Europe after Germany, and thanks to easy access to energy from renewable sources, low labor costs and public aid (articulated through the PERTE of the Electric and Connected Vehicle), is quickly establishing itself as one of the main electric car production hubs on the continent.

Negotiations between Stellantis and the Government to bring the STLA Small platform they are very advanced, which could facilitate the allocation of the new factory. If it receives the green light, it will most likely be built near Vigo or Zaragoza, since they are two much more important centers by volume of units than Villaverde.

The Executive is finalizing a new call for the PERTE VEC that will allow the deadlines to undertake investments to be extended until 2028. This second part of the grant plan is expected to be ready in June, counting as a novelty with an exclusive line of aid for battery projects.

Source | Five days

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