France opens first of four gigafactories for battery production

30.05.2023. / 17:00

PARIS – France is opening a battery gigafactory on Tuesday, the first of four such factories that European and Asian companies plan to build in the north of the country.

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The development of the Automotive Cells Company (ACC), a joint venture between Stellantis, Mercedes and TotalEnergies, includes a total investment of two billion euros, with French national and local authorities providing almost half, Reuters reports.

The investment represents a race between European governments to attract global automakers as they seek to bring the supply of electric vehicle components closer to their main markets.

Ola Källenius, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz, said ahead of the launch that the new ACC plant marks a key milestone in Europe’s transformation to make its automotive industry more resilient, competitive and sustainable in the electric era.

The plant will begin production of lithium-ion batteries later this year with an initial capacity of 13 gigawatt-hours (GWh), to be scaled up to around 40 GWh, enough to power around 500,000 cars a year. The factory is expected to employ up to 2,000 employees by 2030, the companies and regional authorities said.

Taiwan’s ProLogium and China’s Envision AESC have also announced the construction of gigafactories in the northern French region, around the port of Dunkirk. Renault has partnered with local startup Verkor in the same area to produce batteries for its premium and electric Alpine models.

Europe depends heavily on Asian-made batteries for its electric cars, and national leaders are offering various incentives to jump-start the industry.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who personally lobbied to provide at least one of the gigafactories in the Dunkirk region, has set a production goal of two million electric vehicles produced in France by 2030.

Source: – Informacija je capital by

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