On Wednesday, Stellantis and LG Energy Solution announced plans to build a Canadian joint venture battery plant – the automaker’s first large-scale battery joint venture in North America.
Stellantis said in a press release, located in Windsor, Ontario, the C$5 billion ($4.1 billion) factory is expected to begin battery production in 2024 and will have production capacity. The annual production volume is 45 GWh.
The battery plant is a step towards Stellantis’ goal of 50% of battery-electricity sales in the US and Canada by the end of the decade. This is also the first manifestation of “American-made” battery production. Stellantis confirmed a few months ago.
Chrysler Airflow Concept
Canadian battery factory adds for a battery joint venture for Europe involves Mercedes-Benz and the Automotive Cell Company (ACC), founded by Stellantis’ predecessor PSA Group and France’s TotalEnergies (with Mercedes as a partner). Stellantis and Mercedes have also invested in US-based solid-state battery company Factorial Energy.
The selection of Windsor as the site fully confirms the existing Stellantis assembly plant in the Canadian city as the production site for Jeep, Ram, Chrysler and/or Dodge EVs. Stellantis introduced EVs for each of these brands, as well as dedicated EV platforms that enable range up to 500 miles.
An electric Ram 1500 pickup and a Dodge muscle car are part of the plan, both of which will launch in 2024. Jeep’s first EV is slated to launch in 2023, followed by multiple models for global markets. One of these upcoming Stellantis electric vehicles could also be from Chrysler. Its Airflow concept marks an electric start – and perhaps, a revival of the brand.