Italvolt will build the first Gigafactory in Italy

Italvolt, founded and led by Lars Carlstrom, a pioneer industrialist in the automotive sector with over 30 years of experience, former founder and shareholder of Britishvolt, will realize the first Gigafactory in Italy, destined to become at the same time the largest in Europe and the twelfth in the world by size, with an expected 300,000 m2 and an initial capacity of 45 GWh, which could reach 70 GWh.

With an estimated 4,000 workers employed and a total of 10,000 new jobs created, the Italvolt Gigafactory will represent one of the most important industrial projects in Italy in recent years, for a total investment of approximately 4 billion euros. The first phase of the project will be completed by spring 2024.

The project

The first step of the project involves the identification of the area where the plant will be built, at the end of the due diligence activity currently underway on some selected sites at national level. For the realization of such a challenging project, in terms of size and engineering effort, Lars Carlstrom has chosen to focus on Italy, a country recognized globally for its ability to excel in the field of technological research innovation and for leadership role that Italy has historically held within the automotive industry at a global level.

The new plant will be able to contribute with its own production, in a significant way, to the growing demand for batteries in Europe, largely coming from the automotive industry, which by 2030 will increase globally by 17 times to about 3,600 gigawatts. (GWh), with an expected demand from the European Union of 565 GWh, behind only China, with an expected demand of 1,548 GWh.

Italvolt’s gigaplant will be designed by Pininfarina’s Architecture division, an iconic automotive design house that has recently celebrated its 90 years of activity and is already operating on projects of a similar scale. With a strong focus on environmental and social impact, Pininfarina intends to design a new generation, intelligent and responsible industrial plant, applying DFMA construction methods and opening the building to its context, in order to integrate it into the economic and social dynamics of the territory.

Comau, a world leader in industrial automation, with over 45 years of experience and a strong specialization in electrification processes, will be the supplier of innovative solutions, systems and technologies for the gigaplant. Comau will also be responsible for the construction of the Research and Development laboratory which will welcome academics and industrial partners engaged in the development of the most advanced technologies in the electric mobility sector.

Lars Carlstrom, CEO and founder of Italvolt, said: «With the project of our Gigafactory, Italvolt wants to give an important answer to the historic opportunity of green industrialization, which is affecting all production sectors in a transversal way, with a socio-economic impact that will represent a turning point for the global economy. An opportunity, that of the “green transition” at an industrial level, which has always fascinated me and through the launch of Italvolt this passion will become a reality. I strongly believe that our team of highly skilled engineers and technicians will be able to achieve the greenest battery production not only in Europe, but around the world. Our goal is to secure the future of the automotive industry and ensure that the supply chain is as green as possible, from start to finish. The socio-economic impact that the new green industrialization brings with it will represent a turning point for the world ».

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